Big Bear Lake, CA, August 27, 2011, 4:00pm – As a result of the thunderstorm activity in Big Bear Valley this afternoon, lightning strikes started several small fires. Chon Bribiescas at the US Forest Service told Big Bear News that three super scoopers are working on a small fire about three acres in size near forest service road 1N54 and 1N04. The fire is near Clark’s Grade, a south facing slope west of Snow Summit. The fire is not a threat to Big Bear Valley, about 4 miles away from Big Bear Lake. Several other small fires occurred as a result of lightning strikes. Three of those are already out and fire crews are working on four others. None of these fires are any threat to residents, and all are contained. Be aware that there will be drift smoke from these fires in the valley this afternoon.