Weekend Lightning Storms Spark Dozens Of Wildfires In Sierra National Forest

More than a dozen fires have been ignited over the weekend the Sierra National Forest over the last month, with the largest having consumed more than 2,000 acres.

The largest fire is burning below Stump Springs Road just north of Aspen Creek in the Huntington Lake area.

Fire crews were pulled off the fire line on Tuesday for safety reasons.

More crews are expected to be sent in today.

As of right now, there are no evacuations in the area.

Plumes of smoke from the fires have prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement.

Wildfires burning in Fresno County and smoke from other fires may impact the eastern parts of Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties, including the foothill and mountain areas, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said.

The eastern portions of the Valley floor may also be affected during overnight hours, the Air District said.

The health caution will be in place until the fire is extinguished.

Elsewhere in the state, another fire along Interstate 5 is threatening 25 homes in the community of Lebec.

That fire was started on Tuesday and is now more than 75 percent contained, fire officials said. At one point, the California Highway Patrol was forced to close a shoulder of the I-5 near the Grapevine.{}