News Update: Essex, CA: Lightning strikes ignited two separate vegetation fires in the Old Woman Mountains area.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol (Information):

Essex, California: ZachNews has received updated information regarding the reported vegetation fire that people to the south of Interstate 40 in the Old Woman Mountains.

Michelle Van Der Linden, Public Affairs Officer for California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management, told ZachNews that there were two vegetation fires that occurred in that area.

“The first is Old Woman which is currently in patrol status and 100% contained. This fire started last Thursday, roughly around 1:00 p.m., burned roughly 47 acres in an extreme rocky / steep area. In addition to the extremes the location presented, the fire crew also dealt with extreme temps as well. A second fire was detected in the area on Saturday, which was named Old Woman II, which is now out but burned roughly 10 acres,” said Michelle Van Der Linden.

At around 10:14 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 17th, 2021, reports were coming into dispatch of twinkling glow of the possibly vegetation fire south of Interstate 40 near Fenner, California.

Medical Engine 32 from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 in Needles, California did respond to the area of the reports and confirmed there was a vegetation fire, and told Comm-Center to notify Bureau of Land Management of the fire if they didn’t know.

As for the cause of both of these vegetation fires, Michelle Van Der Linden tells ZachNews, “Early indications are that lightning strikes ignited both.”

Weather radar during the hours before the reported vegetation fire showed scattered rain passing over the high desert area near Essex, California.


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