Multiple fires broke out in California after tens of thousands of lightning strikes

A woman and her two dogs were killed by lightning in Pico Rivera

7:42AM PDT Jun 23, 2022

Lightning map California Arizona New Mexico
Lightning, during the 24 hours ending 6:15AM PDT June 23, 2022.

As the seasonal humidity moved across southern California on Wednesday, more than 50,000 lightning strikes were detected, sparking wildfires and killing a woman and her two dogs who were walking the Pico Rivera.

Chris Vajasky Tweet embedon Twitter that a total of 54,329 strikes were recorded across California on Wednesday, UTC.

Fire Thunder Map
Map showing heat detected in Thunder Fire by satellite as of 3:51 AM PST on June 23, 2022.

Multiple fires suspected to have been started by lightning have broken out in southern California, most of which were put out while they were very small. The cause of the thunder fire east of Interstate 5 near Grapevine north of Frazier Park is under investigation, but the suspected cause is lightning, Captain Andrew Freeborn of the Kern County Fire Department said. At 6:45 a.m. Thursday, the department reported that it had burned nearly 2,300 acres and had 250 people employed.

Firefighters were working at night on small fires in the Angeles National Forest with the help of helicopters flying at night.

And rain fell in some areas, but it was intermittent.

Rainfall, 48 hours, 730 a.m. June 23, 2022 Southern California

author: Bill Jabert

After working full-time in prairie fires for 33 years, he continues to learn, striving to be a student of wildfire. Looking at all of Bill Gabert’s posts

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