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900 lightning strikes add to Northern California's wildfire woes

10:39 AM, Aug 18, 2012   |    comments
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (AP) - Firefighters have been making progress against a series of wildfires burning in Northern California, but fire officials say more than 900 lightning strikes late Friday and early Saturday have started more fires throughout the region.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says lightning sparked more than a dozen new fires late Friday and early Saturday, though most of the new fires are small.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle two huge wildfires on national parklands in Northern California.

The nearly 1,200 firefighters struggling to surround the Chips fire in Plumas National Forest have the fire 34 percent contained. The blaze, 120 miles north of Sacramento, has consumed more than 69 square miles and continues to threaten about 900 homes.

Another fire burning in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is 32 percent contained after consuming more than 43 square miles.

The Associated Press

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