Recent thunderstorms have started a series of small lightning-caused fires across the Lassen National Forest — all contained

The Lassen National Forest has seen a series of small and slow-moving fires start across the forest as thunderstorms move through the area.

We have four active fires currently. These fires are the Crater Fire, Deadhorse Fire, Christy Fire, and H-1 Fire. All four fires are 100 percent contained and controlled. Firefighters will patrol these fire areas, checking for heat until they are out.

Each year the Forest Service prepares for the fire season by hiring and training people, planning our response by establishing objectives and identifying risks and challenges unique to our area, and by putting crews and equipment in the places most likely to experience fire.

So far this year the Lassen National Forest has seen a total of seven lightning-caused fires, all within expected season norms. Our local Forest Service firefighters are prepared for response to these incidents and the coming season.

Moisture and additional thunderstorms are expected to continue through the month of July bringing additional potential for fire. Currently, fuels are moist and fire danger is low, creating little risk for large fires.

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