Firefighters throughout the state will be patrolling and look for potential fire starts after yesterday’s lightning event. For the 24 hour detection period from 6:00 am Thursday to 6:00 am Friday, 1,236 lightning strikes were recorded within California by BLM’s lightning detector. 456 strikes were detected within the National Forests.

Isolated thunderstorms with limited rainfall over mountains and foothills today could bring dangerous lightning, gusty winds, and potential for fire starts again, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

map courtesy Tahoe National Forest

Locally, the first active strike on the Tahoe National Forest was recorded Thursday afternoon at 12:36 pm, the last active strike occurred Thursday evening 6:15 pm.

For the 24-hr. period ending 0600 Friday, BLM LC detected 104 strikes within the Tahoe – 4 for American River Ranger District, 47 for Truckee Ranger District, 45 for Sierraville Ranger District, and 8 for Yuba River Ranger District.

map courtesy Tahoe National Forest

Isolated thunderstorms are expected again this afternoon, mainly over the Sierra Nevada along and south of Interstate 80. Little precipitation, gusty winds, and abundant lightning will be possible with thunderstorms.