Lightning sparks Northstate wildfires

Courtesy of Stephanie Freeman

Lightning strikes sparked several fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Glenn County Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, firefighters responded to reports of a fire at County Road 24, west of the airport in Orland. The fire reportedly started in a field south of the sewage facility.

The Orland Fire Department said they believe lighting struck a large pile of green waste. Firefighters surrounded the fire and were letting it burn.

Firefighters also responded to two fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

The Kam Fire sparked west of Interstate 5, near Kamloop Road. Firefighters stopped forward progress around 9 p.m.

The Sheep Fire sparked near Indian Valley, west of Hayfork. Firefighters contained it at 1/10 acre.

Thunderstorms reportedly started forming west of Red Bluff at approximately 3:00 a.m. The First Alert Storm Tracker recorded 16 strikes by 3:34 a.m.

Lightning strikes were seen near Redding at 4:30 a.m.

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