Firefighters ban burning of debris
About 800 lightning strikes sparked three dozen f ires in Northern California in less than 24 hours, fire officials said.
The small f ires, the largest being four acres, started Sunday, prompting the deployment of more than 3,000 f irefighters throughout the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Crews aggressively attacked the f ires, which stopped f lames from growing and spreading.
On Monday, f irefighters remained focused on two active wildfires, the Lake fire in San Bernardino County and the Washington f ire in the Humboldt- Toiyabe National Forest.
Firefighters concerned about extreme temperatures forecasted this week have suspended all residential landscape debris burn- ing statewide. Burn piles, they say, often grow out of control, making them one of the top causes for wildfires.
Lightning was detected late Sunday in parts of Tulare and Fresno counties along the Sierra Nevada mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
Hot and drier weather will bring monsoonal conditions this week and a chance for thunderstorms.
In Southern California, thunderstorms are expected to pass over Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside counties. Dry lightning could strike in the San Gabriels and surrounding mountains.
Temperatures could reach 115 degrees Wednesday in Northern California. By Thursday, a breeze from the Delta will cool the region.