By Jane Braxton Little
Residents of Taylorsville were under voluntary evacuation orders late Monday as a fire sparked by lightning Sunday afternoon moved toward the Plumas County town of around 200 people.
The Mt. Hough fire was over 150 acres burning on the south side of Indian Valley and moving east, said Lee Anne Schramel, a spokeswoman for the Plumas National Forest.
It was one of around 25 fires in the Plumas National Forest, including one burning in a remote area near Homer Lake on Keddie Ridge. Smoke jumpers and Air National Guard C-130 tankers were working to control that and other small fires, Schramel said.
In addition to Taylorsville, Plumas County Sheriff Gregory Hagwood issued voluntary evacuation notices to dozens of homes along Arlington and North Valley roads.
More lightning is expected during the week with an increase in moisture that could aid firefighters, she said.