Lighting sets small fires east of Topaz Lake |

Lighting sets small fires east of Topaz Lake

A fire is burning east of Topaz Lake.

A thunderstorm left a trail of lightning strikes behind it as it rolled up the east slope of the Pine Nut Mountains.

A half dozen small fires are reported in the area near Wellington Hills where lightning activity was particularly heavy. U.S. Forest Service firefighters are working to extinguish the fires with the help of two single-engine air tankers.

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch lists the first fire being reported at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. Other fires in the vicinity across Antelope Valley from Topaz Ranch Estates around 5:50 and 6:10 p.m.

The vicinity was hammered by lightning strikes during a storm that prompted the National Weather Service to issues a severe thunderstorm warning at 3 p.m.

Radar showed 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued 1:24 p.m. Wednesday for Douglas County by the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service tracked a thunderstorm north along the Pine Nut Mountains in Douglas County.

Another thunderstorm was located over Alpine Village or 10 miles south of Gardnerville at around 2:55 p.m. 

Minor flooding was reported along Emigrant Trail in Alpine County along the base of the Carson Range.