Strikes of lightning in the Warner Springs area of north San Diego County sparked a couple of small brush fires Saturday afternoon, officials confirmed.
Amid the heat wave, the area located approximately 67 miles north of downtown San Diego was also experiencing heavy rain and lightning. At 2 p.m., Cal Fire crews said they were battling a 2-acre vegetation fire that was spreading, albeit slowly, as the rain poured.
A Cal Fire official told NBC 7 another small fire had sparked near Oak Road, just east of State Route 79. The official said lightning strikes were likely the cause of the fires.
At around 2:50 p.m., Cal Fire officials said crews were “working multiple down strikes of lightning” in the area, “all associated with rain at this point.”
No injuries were reported.
NBC 7's Llarisa Abreu said "dry lightning" happens when the precipitation from a cloud evaporates before it reaches the surface.
"What’s left are the lightning strikes which can land anywhere," she explained.
She said the threat for dry lightning and thunderstorms will continue into Sunday.
Firefighters said the rain helped keep the spreading to a minimum.