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Lightning Sparks Two Fires

U.S. Forest Service firefighters are headed to a pair of lightning-caused wildland fires just outside the wilderness area of the Stanislaus National Forest, one-and-a-half miles northeast of Lake Alpine in the Calaveras Ranger District.

According to forest service spokesman Pat Kaunert, the fires are very small in size, the largest is 10-by-40 feet, burning in spare vegetation.

There have also been reports of lightning down-strikes in the Brightman and Dodge Ridge areas. A “Red Flag Watch” was issued this morning by state fire officials for the potential of dry lightning in the High Sierra.

Kaunert says U.S. Forest Service fire patrols are on duty and closely watching for these lightning down-strikes.