Willits Fires Caused by Rogue Lightning, More Lightning in Southeastern Trinity
According to the National Weather Service, lightning struck unexpectedly several times in the area around the junction of Hwy 162 and Hwy 101 today near Willits. The NWS retweeted a photo taken in that area at approximately 1:43 p.m. which shows an “active cell.”
— NWS Eureka (@NWSEureka) July 30, 2015
Fires were reported shortly thereafter south of the junction. As of 3 p.m., the Mendocino County Sheriff is reporting the fires are either contained or nearly contained.
As of 3:30 p.m., the Weather Service was seeing lightning striking in remote areas of the Yolla Bollies in southeastern Trinity County.