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3 firefighters struck by lightning while battling brush fire

September 13, 2011 |  6:22 pm

Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon while battling a brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest, officials said.

The firefighters were in stable condition after being taken to a hospital, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The blaze broke out about 3:30 p.m. in the Mount Pinos Ranger District near the borders of Ventura and Kern counties as thunderstorms rumbled through the region, officials said.

Flash flooding and thunderstorms were reported Tuesday afternoon and evening in mountain areas from Santa Barbara County to the Antelope Valley, the National Weather Service said.

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