Lightning strike sets Alpine View fire
August 19, 2017
Firefighters responded to five different reports of smoke or fire starting around 2 p.m. Saturday.
East Fork Battalion Chief Scott Fraser said that lightning started a fire in Alpine View off of Jacks Valley, which was reported at 5:42 p.m., according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.
The fire was extinguished by East Fork and U.S. Forest Service firefighters within 45 minutes of the report.
A second confirmed fire was extinguished near Grover Hot Springs in Alpine County was reported at 7:18 p.m.
Firefighters also responded to a report of a transformer that blew up, knocking power lines down in Ruhenstroth at 2:20 p.m.
According to NV Energy’s web site, more than 400 people were without electricity as a result of the outage.
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Fraser warned that with the number of lighting strikes on Saturday there could be other fires showing up soon.
“With the amount of lighting in the area today it is very likely that additional fires may be found over the next few days,” he said. “The public is encouraged to be vigilant with the upcoming thunderstorm chances.”
The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of thunderstorms over the next four days, with the best chance for showers or thundershowers on Tuesday.
When not affected by thunderstorms, expect haze during the day.
“This smoke and haze that we are seeing today is not from one fire in particular, but just a glob of smoke that is hanging over the Western States from the combined active wildfires across the region,” forecasters said.
Sunday’s thunderstorms are expected to be slow moving, according to the forecast.
“These storms will be capable of producing localized heavy rainfall with potential for flash flooding in favored areas such as steep terrain and recent wildfire burn areas,” forecasters said.