Lightning Sparks 75 North Calif. Wildfires

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - As many as 75 wildfires sparked by lightning storms are burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Redding, in far northern California.

Forest Service Spokesman Michael Odle says none of the fires are
immediately threatening homes.

The fires began overnight Friday. They now range from less than
an acre in size to more than 750 acres.

Strike teams moved in Saturday on the two largest fires. One is burning near Junction City, the other near LimeDyke Mountain.

More than 20 smokejumpers - firefighters that parachute into remote areas to battle wildfires - have been deployed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-21-08 1900EDT

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