Chance of storms continues through Thursday evening. Lightning blamed for fires in SLO County
Light rain started falling in the Taft area about 11 a.m. Wednesday and there's a chance that more could fall later today through Thursday evening.
In fact, there's a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the area, the National Weather Service said.
Storms skirted the south end of Kern County Tuesday evening, moving from the I-5 area near Frazier Park west through the mountains along the Kern-Los Angeles County line with occasional flashes of lightning visible from the Westside at times.
By Wednesday morning, more storms and rainfall were reported to the south and west.
A Kern County helicopter was flying a reconnaissance mission in the mountains from Tejon Ranch west to Highway 33 in search of any fires started by last night's lightning. To the west, firefighters were responding to two fires reported on Highway 58 in the Red Hill Road area of central San Luis Obispo County just west of California Valley.
Lightning is a possible cause, Cal Fire said on Twitter
One fire was reported to be 40 acres in size when firefighters arrived, according to initial reports.
A second had grown to 80 acres by 1 p.m.
For the Taft area, the cloud cover may keep temperatures down, but it's still going to be hot and humid.
At 1:30 p.m., the temperature in Taft was 95 and humidity was 31 percent.