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Lightning strikes keep firefighters busy

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 —Thunderstorms that raged across Lassen County last Wednesday and Thursday afternoon sparked a number of wildfires.

Jeff Fontana, a spokesperson for the Susanville Interagency Fire Center, said crews responded to 19 lightning-caused fires around the Honey Lake Valley on Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews are working on the largest of those fires, one burning near the Elysian Valley, but Fontana said he had no specific information about the size of the fire or its exact location.

Fire crews also are working two major fires in the North County.

As of Friday morning, Aug. 1, Fontana said the Day Fire has consumed about 7,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. The city of Day has been evacuated, and about 200 structures are threatened. The Fall River High School campus is serving as an evacuation center.

Fontana said a CalFire management team is expected to take charge of the fire-fighting effort about 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

The second major fire, the Bald Fire continues to burn on the Lassen National Forest, about 8 miles south of Fall River Mills. It has burned about 3,100 acres in rugged terrain.

No structures are threatened and there is no containment. A federal fire management team is expected to take charge of the fire fighting effort sometime Friday, Aug. 1. 

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