Lightning Sparks Dozens Of New Wildfires

ALTURAS, Calif. (August 1, 2014) Firefighters in Northern California were getting little rest Friday after lightning strikes ignited dozens of new wildfires, including one in rural Modoc County that forced the evacuation of about 120 people.

The fire near the community of Day had burned through nearly 11 square miles of brush and heavy timber as of Friday morning and was only 5 percent contained.

State fire spokesman Dennis Mathisen says steep terrain was hampering the 700 or so firefighters working the fire

Officials were sending more crews.

The fire is among more than 40 that have broken out as a result of lightning strikes since Wednesday.

Most are in remote areas and are not threatening homes.

Fire crews, meanwhile, are expected to lift the last remaining evacuation orders Friday from a fire in Yosemite National Park.


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