Lightning sparks dozens of fires in state

As firefighters battled a series of blazes across a hot and dry California Saturday, officials were watching a storm of dry lightning strikes that had the potential to make things worse.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the state’s firefighting agency, said more than 900 lightning strikes were reported early Saturday, with little to no rainfall, sparking dozens of fires. Officials said more lightning was forecast later in the day.

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