Lightning Storm Breaking Over Interior Mountains
This afternoon, a series of lightning storms have broken out in
southeastern Humboldt, Southern Trinity and northeastern Mendocino. Multiple flashes are being reported. The Covelo area is experiencing the largest amount according to this map taken from LightningMaps.org at approximately ten minutes to four.
At least one fire was reported started by lightning at 2:31 p.m. However, according to Jeff Tonkin a meteorologist for the US National Weather Service in Eureka, “quite a bit of rain” is likely falling with the strikes, the vegetation is still moist from the recent wet weather, and current temperatures are cooler so there is unlikely to be “large and rapid fire growth” from these strikes. Nonetheless, Tonkin said, he wouldn’t be surprised to see, in the next few days, some fires that grew out of these strikes.
UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: And this from Lake County News’ Facebook page:
In the past 6 hours several hundred lightning strikes have sparked 20 small wildfires across Northern California.
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 21, 2015