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Thunderstorms spark several fires near Lake Pillsbury

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WILLOWS, Calif. - Firefighters with the Mendocino National Forest are managing multiple fires across the forest after thunderstorms on Tuesday, Sept.12.

Officials said the biggest incidents are the Skeleton Fire and the Slides Fire, which are located in the Upper Lake Ranger District.

The Slides Fire is about four miles west of Lake Pillsbury and is estimated to be about 50 acres. Officials said there is a private property close to the fire. Smokejumpers, airtankers, and helicopters have been ordered for this incident.

However, the Mendocino Emergency Communication Center reports it is having trouble filling resource orders.

The Skelton Fire is also about four miles of Lake Pillsbury but near the Snow Mountain Wilderness boundary and it is estimated to be about 200 acres with crews assigned. Officials said it is growing moderately.

There are several other fires across the forest and officials said information about these fires will be provided as it becomes available. The forecast for Wednesday, Sept.13, shows a slight chance of thunderstorms, according to officials.

The fire information line is (530) 640-1168.

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