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More than a dozen new fires burn in the Northstate

Many started by lightning strikes

Firefighters are battling fires burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest as well as Shasta and Butte Counties. Many of the fires were caused by lightning strikes Tuesday.

Lightning strikes started ten fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Together, the fires add up to 38 acres. Firefighters will be flying over the forest Wednesday to survey progress on the fires and look for any new ones that may have sparked overnight.

There are fires burning near Coffee Creek, Powell Ridge, Sims Gap, Hayfork, Black Rock Mountain Lookout, Indian Valley, Pettijohn Basin, Post Mountain, Trinity Pines and Wildcat Peak.

In Shasta County, crews are fighting the Berry Fire, which is burning northwest of Burney.

It started Tuesday morning. Firefighters have not released a cause but were originally calling it the "Lightning 16 Fire." CAL FIRE said it has grown to 150 acres. 

CAL FIRE said firefighters had to be flown in because it's burning on a steep mountainside but that the fire is burning in the damaged path of the 2009 "Chalk Fire," so it is progressing at a slow rate of speed.

In the Mendocino National Forest, two fires are burning near Lake Pillsbury. Firefighters said they were also likely caused by lightning.

The Skeleton Fire has burned 20 acres and is burning approximately six miles east of the lake. The other fire, the Slides 2 Fire, is burning four miles west of the lake. Firefighters have not released how many acres it has burned.

In Butte County, the Camp Fire is burning above Pulga Road, near Concow. It started around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. It has burned eight acres.

CAL FIRE said it is burning down a steep slope and they are working to construct fire lines around it. 

Butte County CAL FIRE also put out the lightning-caused Pacific Fire that was burning off of Pacific Heights Road, west of Palermo.

It was contained at 12 acres at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 


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