Authorities reported that around three dozen wildfires were set off at various locations in Northern California, after a night of intense lightening strikes. 36 blazes were triggered by 800 lightning strikes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Fortunately, however, they said the fires were small and quickly overcome.
At the same time, around 3,000 firefighters are working around the clock, battling on five large wildfires around the state. The weather has helped control the disaster, as cloudy skies and high humidity have limited the spread of wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest.
The blaze, which erupted on June 17, was 50% contained Sunday after scorching 48 square miles of desert brush and forest timber. Firefighters hoped to take advantage of the weather to mop up and further surround the fire.
Authorities reopened a highway, and mandatory evacuations were lifted except for community of Burns Canyon.
The fire destroyed a house and three out-buildings. A team of experts “will continue to evaluate the fire area for further damage,” the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.
Firefighters are reporting they are gaining and upper hand with the fire. A 118-acre fire outside the city of San Bernardino was 95 percent contained. A 500-acre blaze in Madera County sparked by a vehicle was 97 percent surrounded.
In Napa County, the Pleasure Fire, a 19-acre blaze near the southern shore of Lake Berryessa, was 80 percent contained Sunday morning, according to Capt. Emily Smith.
“At this point the crews are in mop up mode,” Smith said.
A fire caused by lightning in Alpine County south of Lake Tahoe was 37 percent surrounded after burning about 27 square miles since Friday. The fire continued to smolder, mostly in the wilderness.