Many fires were started by lightning this week on the Shasta-Trinity, Klamath and Modoc national forests. Most have been contained and all have been kept small, according to Thursday morning updates.

Many fires were started by lightning this week on the Shasta-Trinity, Klamath and Modoc national forests. Most have been contained and all have been kept small, according to Thursday morning updates.

Shasta-Trinity

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest says firefighters have responded to 28 fires started by lightning since Monday and all but two are now contained or out.

Deputy Fire Management Officer Gwen Sanchez states in a news release that many of the recent fires were reported by aerial reconnaissance, which will continue for the next few days.

“Locating fires quickly to ensure rapid response have been keys to our success on these lightning fires,” according to Sanchez.

The Shasta McCloud Management Unit has responded to 13 fires this week, according to the release. The only fire still active is the Alpine Fire near Horse Camp. It is reported as a single tree fire, and crews were on scene as of late Thursday morning assessing risks and making plans to safely fall the tree.

All fires except one on the Trinity River Management Unit have been declared contained or out. Only the one-acre Crumpy Fire is still active.

With the weather forecast calling for cooler weather, if no additional fires are reported today, the Shasta-Trinity NF says it will begin drawing down resources that were brought in to assist while 866 lightning strikes were being reported since Monday morning.

“The forest will maintain sufficient resources to staff ongoing incidents, patrol lightning impacted areas, and remain ready for any new possible fires,” according to the release.

Information on specific fires can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4399/ or by calling the Public Information Line at (530) 628-0039.

Modoc

The Modoc National Forest reported Thursday morning that its crews are suppressing a series of wildfires following this week’s thunderstorm activity. “Rains with the lightning storms and firefighting activity have helped keep lightning fires small,” according to a Thursday morning update from the forest.

The 15 acre White Fire, is located within the northern Devils Garden Ranger District at 47N 10E Section 18.

The 1.5 acre Creek Fire, is within the Warner Mountain Ranger District near Little Baldy Mountain at 44N 14E Section 13.

Fire crews have recently contained and controlled about 18 lightning fires, according to the update. Contained fires are checked until declared out.

Fires in the Forest may be reported to the Modoc Interagency Communications Center (MICC), by calling 530-233-4581.

Klamath 

The Klamath National Forest reported Thursday morning that its firefighters responded to eight fires caused by lightning in the past 48 hours.

Several other fires were picked up by CAL FIRE Wednesday night, according to a KNF update Thursday morning.

The most recent was the Hoffman, detected on the Goosenest Ranger District. It was approximately one-tenth of an acre and staffed.

Three of the fires were at Scott River – Creek fire 1.5 miles west of Kangaroo Lake, Carmen fire 1.5 miles north of Scott Mountain summit, and Clark fire one mile north of Etna Mountain.

Three were at Goosenest – the Martin and Goosenest fires both a few miles north and west of Goosenest Mountain, and the Parsons fire near Cedar Mountain.

One was at Salmon River – Grizzly fire in the vicinity of Grizzly Butte on the Salmon/Trinity divide.

All fires are either staffed, contained/controlled or in patrol status.

The largest (Grizzly) got to about 0.6 acres.