Thursday, June 26, 2008

842 Wildfires Buring In Northern California

A huge system of dry thunderstorms stalled over northern California during the weekend. The storm unleashed a barrage of over 6,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that ignited the more than 800 wildfires.

The wildfires range in size from a few dozen acres to one that has burned over 57,000 acres near Los Padres and has injured nine firefighters. Mendocino County alone has counted at least 110 separate fires burning, of which only 17 have been contained.

HotShot teams, other firefighters, along with slurry bombers and helicopter tankers are arriving from other states to assist the California crews in fighting the wildfires.

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