Plumas wildfire nearly contained; 25 lightning fires petering out |

Plumas wildfire nearly contained; 25 lightning fires petering out

The 25 fires caused by 411 lightning strikes on the Tahoe National Forest since last Friday are now under control or out, but the respite could be short, according to a spokeswoman.

“This may be the beginning of a long fire season,” according to Ann Westling of the Tahoe National Forest. Although no new lightning is expected in the near future, fire danger and dry conditions remain, Westling said.

The Antelope Complex Fire in Plumas County is 83 percent contained after a week-long battle, but dangers continue.

Falling trees and snags are causing extremely hazardous conditions at the blaze, which has grown to 23,000 acres, said spokeswoman Lee Anne Schramel-Taylor of the Plumas National Forest Thursday. The tree hazards are particularly bad along roads into and out of the fire area.

Popular campgrounds in the Antelope Lake Recreation Area have been closed until further notice, and people with existing reservations will be contacted for refunds, Schramel-Taylor said. The blaze continues to burn extremely dry fuels, causing a lot of smoke to be released into the region.

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