Thunderstorms threaten Antelope Fire |

Thunderstorms threaten Antelope Fire

Firefighters battling the 22,400 acre Antelope Complex Fire in Plumas County are concerned more thunderstorms with gusty winds could push the fire over containment lines and ignite more spot fires.

The fire is 21 percent contained with no estimated date for full containment. Hot and dry conditions continue to challenge the 1,487 people fighting the fire.

The blaze is located midway between Portola in Plumas County and Susanville in Lassen County. The fire started last week after a thunderstorm ignited a half dozen spot fires.

An unknown number of campers and residents living in three summer communities around Antelope Lake were evacuated over the weekend. So far, one small cabin has burned and one firefighter has been injured.

Fire managers are using roads, natural fuel breaks and hand crews and tractors to modify fuel areas and suppress the fire.

Smoky conditions and falling ash could continue in Portola, Greenville and Quincy. Residents in Janesville and Milford areas have been told to ready themselves in case of an evacuation notice.

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