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Firefighters Injured In Lightning Strike

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7:08pm


***UPDATED 9/14/11, 6:44 am

THREE U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIREFIGHTERS WERE HOSPITALIZED AFTER LIGHTNING TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THEIR BASE TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN THE LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST.

THE THREE WERE ON DUTY IN THE MOUNT PINOS AREA AROUND 3:30 AS A STORM PASSED THROUGH.  A SPOKESMAN SAYS THE BOLT HIT THE GROUND AND, LUCKILY, DID NOT STRIKE THE MEN DIRECTLY.

SEVERAL LIGHTNING-RELATED FIRES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN RURAL AREAS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SINCE A SERIES OF STORM SYSTEMS BEGAN LAST WEEKEND.  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A SERIES OF STORM WARNINGS YESTERDAY FOR SEVERE THUNDER, GUSTY WINDS AND POSSIBLE FLASH FLOODING.

THE FIREFIGHTERS WERE TRANSPORTED TO LOCAL HOSPITALS, WHERE THEY ARE REPORTED TO BE AWAKE AND OK.  TWO HAVE BEEN RELEASED.  ONE WAS HELD OVERNIGHT FOR OBSERVATION.


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