New lightning fires burn in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Sequoia National Forest – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – New wildfires were burning in northern California following a series of lightning strikes, authorities said on Friday.
The National Park Service said Friday night that three new wildfires – the Colony Fire, Paradise Fire and Cabin Fire, had been started following a thunderstorm over Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
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Earlier on Friday, the U.S. Forest Service said dozens of lightning strikes sparked 11 new wildfires in Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest.
With the fires of the French and the Walkers nearby, firefighting resources were diverted to help where they were needed most.
The park service said teams are working in the field using water and forest fire retardant drops and are ordering additional resources for suppression actions.
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The fires are occurring on steep, densely wooded terrain and fire management officials have said the fires could spread under the current extremely dry conditions over the next few days or weeks.
“As we tackle these new fires, we continue to look for other fires that may have been started by lightning,” NPS Chief Ranger Ned Kelleher said in a press release. “As the humidity that accompanied the storm evaporates in the coming days, we can anticipate the discovery of additional starts in the parks. “
Crystal Cave and Crystal Cave Road were closed on Friday due to their proximity to the Colony Fire. Buckeye Flat Campground was closed on Friday night due to its proximity to the Paradise Fire. There were no closures associated with the cabin fire.
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Those who have booked for Crystal Cave and Buckeye Flat Campground will receive a refund notice from Recreation.gov.