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Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

Posted: August 1, 2014 10:47 a.m.
Updated: August 1, 2014 10:47 a.m.

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California are getting little rest after lightning sparked dozens of new wildfires, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that has forced the evacuation of about 120 people.

The fire near the community of Day had burned through nearly 11 square miles of brush and heavy timber as of Friday morning. It was only 5 percent contained.

State fire spokesman Dennis Mathisen says the 700 or so firefighters on the blaze have been hampered by steep terrain. Officials are sending more crews.

The fire is among more than 40 that have broken out as a result of lightning strikes since Wednesday. Most are in remote areas and are not threatening homes.

Fire crews, meanwhile, are expected to lift the last remaining evacuation orders from a blaze in Yosemite National Park later on Friday.

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