[UPDATE 11 a.m.: At Least 17 New Fires] Lightning Yesterday Started Multiple Fires Including at Least One Near Ruth Lake
Two of the ones known at this point are in Trinity County. One of the fires is the Pickett Fire near Horse Ridge Lookout Road east of Ruth Lake. Another is the Deerlick Fire, pictured above, which is east of Peanut near Deerlick Springs. Both of these fires started between 6 and 6:30 p.m.
The US Forest Service says that it is “planning aerial reconnaissance flights each day over the forest to assist with detection of new lightning related fires.”
UPDATE 11 a.m.: Press release from Six Rivers National Forest:
Lightning ignited more than a dozen new wildfires in the Six Rivers National Forest on Monday, from the Gasquet Ranger District to the north and the Mad River Ranger District to the south.
At least 17 new fires have been confirmed in the Gasquet, Mad River and Orleans ranger districts, ranging in size from 0.1 to 60 acres. Fire managers are gathering information and prioritizing initial attack on the new starts.
The majority of the new fire activity is on the Mad River Ranger District, where 12 new fires have been detected. The largest of those fires is 3 acres. There was also a fire detected on Pickett Peak in the Shasta Trinity National Forest that Mad River personnel will be managing.
At least two new fires have been reported in the Orleans Ranger District and they will be added to the Orleans Complex of fires east and west of the Klamath River. NorCal Team 1, which is managing the Orleans Complex, will assume command of those two fires, both of which are burning west of the Klamath River.
One new fire was reported in the Siskiyou Wilderness in the Gasquet Ranger District near Shannon Butte. That fire was last reported at 60 acres and is burning in very steep terrain.
Chances of thunderstorms will diminish as we move through the week with today being the highest likelihood of any thunderstorm development.
The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions. Details about these restrictions can be found on the Forest Service Website at www.fs.usda.gov/smf.
UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: A reader near Deerlick fire pictured above tells us that it has been contained at about 10 acres. Crews are mopping up.