Two fires near Camptonville |

Two fires near Camptonville

Firefighting crews utilizing a boat are responding to two blazes on the west shore of Bullards Bar Reservoir caused by lightning strikes from Tuesday night’s thunderstorms.

“There are various reports of acreage,” according to Ann Westling of the Tahoe National Forest. The blazes are actually in Yuba County near Camptonville and North San Juan, and crews from the Plumas National Forest and Calfire are responding in their jurisdiction area.

Tahoe National Forest personnel are helping shuttle crews to the fires with a Forest Service boat that was needed because there was no other quick way to get to them, Westling said.

No fires have been reported yet on the Tahoe National Forest, much of which is in Nevada County. A reconnaissance plane will fly the forest today looking for more fires or smoldering areas that could produce them, Westling said.

A Forest Service map produced this morning shows numerous lightning strikes in Northern California overnight, with about ten of them hitting on a line south from the Bullards Bar Reservoir area into the western Nevada County foothills.

Many other strikes occurred in the southern Cascade Mountains in far Northern California and in the Sacramento Valley between Redding and Sacramento.

For more on the story, come back to during the day for updates.

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