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Lightning plagues county with nonstop fires

Drought conditions continue to create high fire danger

There’s been barely a pause so far in this year’s fire season. According to Fire Warden Doug Leis, some days have seen several incidents in quick succession – and it doesn’t look like the weather will be letting up any time soon.

“It’s these storms coming through. It’s so dry that every one of those storms start three or four fires,” Leis says.

Most of the fires have been in pastures and within the trees, he says. While the days without weather are better, thanks to the countywide drought conditions, every lightning st...