An unexpected thunderstorm that rolled through Douglas County this morning brought more than 200 lightning strikes, which sparked numerous fires on parched wildlands. Douglas Forest Protective Association spokesman Kyle Reed estimated the storm started 54 fires, mostly in the southwestern part of the county. The fires range in size from a single tree to approximately 2.5 acres. The storm was caused by an unusual combination of factors, National Weather Service meterologist Shad Keene said. A thunderstorm that initiated over Lassen County in Northern California earlier in the week released a push of air northward over the Cascade Mountains. The southern …
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