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Update: Lightning strike sets fire above Fay Luther Trailhead

Smoke rises from a fire set by lightning on Tuesday afternoon above Fay-Luther Trailhead.
Kurt Hildebrand photo

Numerous lightning strikes were reported across Carson Valley, setting one fire above the Fay Luther Trailhead above Foothill Road.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters took command of the fire which consisted of a single tree. Heavy rain helped to keep the fire from spreading.

Another fire was reported in the vicinity of Sunrise Pass Road in the Pine Nuts.

A lightning warning has been issued for Alpine County and parts of El Dorado and Mono counties.

Doppler radar has been tracking thunderstorms extending from Emerald Bay to Tioga Pass traveling north 10 mph. Thunderstorms may form into Western Nevada near and south of Highway 50 in the next few hours.

A lightning strike was reported across the Carson River from Genoa Lakes Golf Course at about 3:06 p.m.

Winds of about 40 mph, brief heavy rain and small hail are expected along with occasional lightning strikes.

“If on or near a lake, get out of the water and move indoors or inside a vehicle now,” forecasters warned. “Don’t be caught on the water in a thunderstorm. Strong wind gusts and lightning pose an immediate danger to boaters.”

Hikers and campers should seek shelter in a vehicle if possible.

“Tents and trees are unsafe shelters during thunderstorms. Stay away from creeks and streams as water levels may rise rapidly near thunderstorms.”

Alpine County is experiencing lightning strikes near Woodfords Canyon as a thunderstorm makes its way north toward Carson Valley.
Thunderheads are developing over the Sierra crest, according to the National Weather Service Reno radar.

Heavy rain is falling in parts of the Sierra, while nine lightning strikes have been reported as of 2:45 p.m.

Portions of Alpine and Mono counties are under red flag warnings for lighting through 8 p.m. 

There is a chance for scattered thunderstorms to drift over Carson Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

No fires have been reported as a result of the early lightning strikes.

Lightning can create new fire starts and may combine with strong outflow winds to cause a fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity, forecasters said.