Lightning struck a house and set it afire, as thunderstorms developed over the San Gorgonio Pass and along mountain ranges in western Riverside County Saturday.

CHP officers also said trees had ignited in at least two other locations south of Banning in unincorporated county areas, though it was not clear if they were also lightening related.

Further north, flash flood warnings were issued for the Forest Falls area, in San Bernardino County, as well as the Big Pine, Wrightwood and Pinon and Phelan areas, west of the Cajon Pass. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for those areas.

The house fire was reported at 12:07 p.m. in the 4400 block of Foothill Drive, near West Wilson Street, and Riverside County firefighters were at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol log.

Thunderstorms were being reported in the San Gorgonio Pass area and in other mountainous regions of the county with a rainfall rate of one to two inches an hour. Heavy rains were also being reported in Moreno Valley, the CHP said.

The National Weather Service said the storms were indirectly related to the high temperatures.

The agency said the high pressure system steering moisture over the area developed faster than usual due to the heat.

Forecasters expect the storms to dissipate in a few hours.

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