Multiple Fires Started by Lightning Ablaze in California, USA – September 15th, 201240.4N 121.8W
Lightning, dry temperatures and gusting winds have brought an early start to the fire season in western USA (click here for previous images). In California, nearly 1,900 firefighters have been battling the Ponderosa Fire in rugged, densely forested terrain as it threatened 3,500 homes in the towns of Manton, Shingletown and Viola, about 170 miles north of Sacramento.
Another massive wildfire burning to the south in Plumas National Forest since July 29 grew larger in late August as strong winds pushed the flames past fire lines. The blaze, about 120 miles north of Sacramento, has consumed more than 79 square miles and was threatening about 900 homes.
Fires are also affecting Mendocino County, where a blaze sparked by lightning has been burning in a remote area of thick timber and rugged terrain, making it difficult for fire crews to access.