Triplicate Staff

A lightning-caused fire was discovered Sunday afternoon and continued to burn mid-day Monday in a remote location on the west side of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Two old-growth coast redwoods, one green living tree and one dead snag, both roughly 10 feet in diameter, were burning from the base to 200 feet up the trees Monday afternoon, according to Calfire officials. A less than one-tenth-acre ground fire was limited in spreading and the main concern were the two old-growth redwoods, officials said.

A Calfire helicopter was delivering bucket loads of water to the fire, about a half air mile southeast of Elk Valley Road and Highway 199, on Monday.

Two handcrews, with 15 firefighters each, and two ground crews, with three firefighters each, hiked through thick brush more than a half-mile to reach the fires.

After near-record heat on Saturday, much of Del Norte was hit by a thunderstorm Sunday.

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