LBFD Responds to Lightning Strike at Recreation Golf Course

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Lightning Strike at Recreation Golf CourseOn Monday morning at approximately 8:54 am, Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Engine 4 responded to a call for a tree fire at Recreation Park Golf Course.’  Upon arrival they were directed to a large pine tree located between the 7th and 8th fairway.’  A golfer had reported smoke from a fire that had been smoldering in the branches approximately 30 feet up the 80-100 foot tree.’  It appeared that the tree had been struck by lightning.’  Firefighters from Engine 4 laddered the tree, cut down the affected branches and extinguished the fire.’ 

The Long Beach Fire Department would like to remind the public that during a thunderstorm care should be taken to avoid the following:

Natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
Hilltops, open fields, the beach, or a boat on the water.
Isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
Anything metal, tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.

For more information on the hazards associated with thunderstorms and steps you can take to protect yourself please go to:

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