Lightning Sparks 800-Plus Fires in California

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

San Francisco (AP) Firefighters from Nevada and Oregon are lending a hand in northern California, where more than 840 lightning-sparked wildfires are burning.

Two of the biggest blazes have torched nearly 6 square miles each. One in Napa County is threatening about 250 homes. The other is threatening about 1,200 homes farther south.

Near the southern coast, a 2,000-acre blaze has destroyed one home and forced the evacuation of about 75 homes and businesses.

Oregon and Nevada are assisting in the battle, mostly with firefighting aircraft. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger requested the extra help because he says “you can never prepare” for so many fires at the same time.

One fire official calls last week's lightning storm “unprecedented.” He says it packed “5,000 to 6,000 lightning strikes” and that new fires are being found “all the time.”

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