Fire Agency Warns Of Dry Lightning Strikes

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — CalFire issued an alert Wednesday about increased fire danger over the next several days throughout northeastern California.

Starting Wednesday evening, an upper level low will approach the California coast, drawing in monsoonal moisture, which is predicted to trigger dry lightning across the northeastern section of California, according to CalFire.

As the low moves into Nevada on Thursday, it will shift winds to the northeast, creating breezy and dry conditions Thursday night into Friday across most parts of Northern California.

CalFire is increasing staffing and moving fire engines into positions where fire danger is expected to increase.

CBS13 meteorologist Dave Bender said there will be a chance of thunderstorms in the Sacramento area Friday and into the weekend.

CalFire offered the following tips under dangerous weather conditions for fires:

  • Any mowing or weed eating should be done before 10 a.m. (and never during extremely dry conditions).
  • Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
  • Ensure campfires are permitted and, if so, be sure to extinguish them completely when done.
  • Never pull your vehicle over in tall dry grass.

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