Some 3,500 lightning strikes were reported across northeast California during the 24 hour period ending Monday morning, and 29 fires had been confirmed  in CAL FIRE’s jurisdiction.

Two of the largest fires were in Lassen County, including the Constantia Fire on Bureau of Land Management?land, about five miles south of Doyle. It had grown to 1,700 acres and was 10 percent contained as of Monday morning.

In northern California the US Forest Service reported 78 lightning sparked fires for 115 acres and the BLM?had another 19 fires for 6 acres.

CAL?FIRE’s Siskiyou Unit responded to six fires in the county, five on Sunday and one on Monday. The largest was two acres, in the Mineral Range, which required firefighters to walk about 45 minutes to get to it, according to division chief Jeff Burns.

The other five fires were limited to a quarter-acre or less, most of them in the Scott Valley area, Burns said.

He also noted that a residential structure was struck by lightning in Greenview.
Klamath National Forest fire suppression and initial attack crews responded to numerous reports of smoke and fire during Sunday afternoon’s lightning storm across Siskiyou County.

The KNF reported on Monday that reconnaissance aircraft were patrolling the county, searching for any signs of fire, and would continued to do so the next few days.

One fire was reported approximately 1/2 mile upstream from the Happy Camp along Highway 96. It was quickly contained with fire line, fire engine and crew support, according to the KNF. It was estimated to be 1.2 acres in size and did not appear to be lightning caused.

As of Monday morning, The KNF had a 1/2 acre lightning-caused fire in the Masterson Meadows/Lake area of southern Scott Valley that was staffed and expected to be contained soon.

The KNF said it dispatched three fire engines and the 20-person Klamath Hot-Shots to support the Modoc National Forest and one fire engine to assist with fires on the Lassen National Forest. One fire engine was also sent from the Six Rivers National Forest to assist with fire on Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.

The National Weather Service called for continued lightning Monday.
A CAL?FIRE report stated, “It is extremely important that residents be extra cautious right now, as crews are busy with lightning sparked fires and we can’t afford a negligent human caused fire.”