Firefighters chasing multiple lightning strikes
August 22, 2017
Update: Heavy rain from a thunderstorm near Carson Pass and Hope Valley could bring flooding to Alpine County.
The National Weather Service reported that radar indicated a stormcell dropped more than an inch of rain and small hail which could result in flooding along highways 88 and 89.
The warning was issued at 3:37 p.m. and is expected to continue through 6:30 p.m.
Lightning strikes set at least two fires on either side of the Carson-Douglas line on Tuesday afternoon.
Carson City and East Fork firefighters responded to a blaze near Highway 50 at 2:10 p.m.
The fire sent brown smoke up into the air and prompted authorities to advise neighbors to be prepared to evacuate.
Another fire located at the top of the mountain near Duane Bliss Peak above Jacks Valley Ranch at around the same time.
That fire was burning slowly and was in a difficult to reach area.
As of 3:30 p.m., nearly a dozen lightning strikes were recorded from Markleeville to Loyalton. Some of the strikes were accompanied by downpours.
Firefighters said there was a debris flow at the top of Spooner.
East Fork volunteers staffed their stations as a result of the lightning storm.
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire above Stephanie Way in the Johnson Lane neighborhood.
A visible column of smoke is building east of Johnson Lane on the west side of Sunrise Pass in the Pine Nut Mountains.