Forest Service checks Sierra for lightning fire

The so-called Monsoon season has pushed in thunder clouds, lightning and a bit of rain in the Eastern Sierra.  The Forest Service has sent planes and helicopters out and about to look for fire.  They found some but not a lot at last report.

According to Nancy Upham, Public Information Officer for the Inyo National Forest, the Forest Service had a fixed wing air attack plane up on Monday and helicopters too.  They were looking for fires started from Sunday’s thunderstorm.

Crews were on a some five-acre fire in the Fish Creek drainage which is south of Devils Postpile.  It is actually in the Sierra National Forest and called the Lion Fire.  Upham said that the forest had helicopters working the fire and had ordered two air tankers.

Meanwhile, the Biederman Fire in the Bodie Hills reached a reported 18 acres as of Monday. Upham said handling of that fire is looking good.  In other areas around the forest, there are scattered single tree fires with crews on them to make sure there is no spread.


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5 Responses to Forest Service checks Sierra for lightning fire

  1. J-Moss July 24, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Hi Bennett,

    Spell check! It’s lightning, not lightening.

    • Benett Kessler July 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      Yes, someone else dinged me on that one. I’ve been spelling that wrong for years. Old habits.

  2. JeanGenie July 24, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Lightning, as in “there was lightning and thunder” is different from lightening as in ” the sky was lightening”.

    • Benett Kessler July 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      You got me there, JeanGenie.

      • Big AL July 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

        hehe .. we all suffer from that at times I know I do .. I pride myself on being a perty good speller .. Good I went to old skool eh?


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