Extreme Lightning Event Leaves More than 38 Fire Burning Across the Forest

Sonora, CA…Since an unexpectedly stormy Saturday night, firefighters with the Stanislaus National Forest have responded to more than 38 lightning-caused wildfires. Of those fires, only one – the Claim fire, is currently more than an acre. All fires are currently being patrolled and staffed with adequate resources with no threats to structures or people at this time.

Across the forest, 15 fires are burning on the Summit District, nine on the Groveland District, 12 on the Mi-Wok District and one on the Calaveras District. Smokejumpers were used on the Duckwall Fire and tanker drops were executed on the Bar Fire (in the area of Italian Bar) to give responders more time to make entry.

In addition to Stanislaus National Forest resources, fire fighters from Cal-Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit and the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit also responded with two engines and two hand crew.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Forest Public Affairs Officer, Benjamin Cossel: benjamin.cossel@usda.gov or 209.288.6261.