Lightning strikes were reported around the East Bay and Peninsula Thursday morning as subtropical moisture continues to pushes up and out the region.
Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.
Evacuations are underway in the area of Markleeville, about 30 miles south of Lake Tahoe after a wildfire broke out over the weekend and exploded to first 6,500 acres, and then 9,500 acres by Monday afternoon.
Fire officials say a lightning-sparked fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is growing extremely slowly, allowing crews to gently back it down toward containment lines.
Fire officials Saturday said a lightning-sparked blaze in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has grown to 1,331 acres and is about 5 percent contained.
Authorities are checking whether a lightning strike sparked a grass fire in Moraga Wednesday morning.
First, let’s begin with today! A heat advisory is in effect for our inland areas as temperatures soar into the triple digits for the first time this year. The hottest locations will be in the East Bay. Concord, Clayton, Pleasanton and Livermore will all hit near 103 degrees. Brentwood, Tracy, Mountain House, Discovery Bay could even be hotter. With this kind of heat, the potential for fire danger increases.
It could be a stormy Memorial Day holiday, if your travels take you to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite or the High Sierra this weekend.
I remember vividly in 2012 the Bay Area experienced 6 days of thunderstorms. I loved it! But thunderstorms are not embraced by all, some people are downright fearful of thunderstorms (and so are some pets). And with our recent drought, thunderstorms can be a huge concern due to fire danger.
Lightning strikes and thunder forced workers at Stanford University’s golf course to take cover, causing one man to temporarily lose hearing due to the noise.