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Stockyard fire one of a dozen started by lightning Monday

Staff Reports

Lightning sparked an 18-acre fire near the end of Stockyard Road in the Pine Nut Mountains on Monday afternoon, drawing resources away from the Preacher fire burning a few miles to the south.

The Flats fire was first reported at 3:53 p.m., according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch. The fire was quickly contained. Four engine crews spent the night to ensure it didn't rekindle.

A half-acre fire at Highway 395 and Mica Drive is being blamed on a tire blowout. The fire was quickly extinguished by U.S. Forest Service and East Fork firefighters after being reported at 10:22 a.m. Monday.

Lightning is also listed as the cause of a quarter-acre fire early Monday morning near Double Spring Flat.

That fire was reported at 4:31 a.m., according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.

Sierra Front reports firefighters responded to a half-dozen different fires across the region from thunderstorms on Monday.