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CAL FIRE resources stretched due to lightning threat

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Aug 20 2013 07:55:33 PM CDT

All the fires in California are stretching Cal Fire’s resources pretty thin.  And the thunderstorms on the way will only make things more difficult.

So far, about 160 firefighters and 14 engines have been sent outside of Shasta County to help fight other fires.

But with the incoming thunderstorms, CAL FIRE is bringing many of them back to the NorthState. 

Officials have been anticipating the lightning for a while and have prepared for this scenario.

Crews from as far south as Monterey County are being brought in to help out in case a large fire starts with the expected lightning.

The biggest challenge is setting up command centers for any new fires that do start due to the lightning, especially because the fires can be very difficult to get to.

CAL FIRE officials say that the worst case scenario is the 2008 Northern California Lightning Series when over one million acres were burned.