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BARSTOW, CA - AUGUST 05: Lightning strikes on August 5, 2005 southwest of Barstow, California. Heavy thunderstorms which could cause flash floods and spark wildfires are predicted for southern California's mountain and desert regions this weekend. Record rainfall over the winter has resulted in a heavy growth of natural vegetation which is now being dried out by triple-digit summer temperatures, and could prove to be dangerously thick fuel for huge wildfires this season. Many fear a repeat of the devastating historic fire season of 2003.