Fire­fight­ers ban burn­ing of de­bris

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - Veron­ica Rocha veron­ Twit­ter: @Veroni­caRochaLA

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.

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