Lightning attacks spark worst fires in California’s history (videos and pictures)

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Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed, close to a million acres of land have been scorched and at least six people have died in one of the worst series of wildfires in California’s history.

And the worst is not behind us…

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Lightning sparks fires in California in August 2020. Picture via Twitter

More than 13,700 firefighters are battling nearly two dozen major fires throughout the state, fire officials said Saturday. Five broad areas of the state are on fire, and the largest blazes remain mostly uncontained.

The worst is not behind us,” tweeted Thom Porter, chief of Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency. “We are in a battle rhythm. New lightning activity is expected across the state. Double your efforts, to lookout for yourselves and each other.

The fires were sparked by nearly 12,000 lightning strikes in a dry California terrain that hasn’t seen much rain. The “lightning siege” created close to 600 new wildfires, said Jeremy Rahn, a public information officer for Cal Fire, at a briefing yesterday:

The National Guard is providing helicopter support while Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve is supporting the effort with C-130 aircrafts equipped with water tanks to fight the fire from above.

Two of the fire systems now raging are among the five largest wildfires in California history, Cal Fire reports: the 341,000-acre LNU Lightning Complex Fire in the northern Bay Area and Central Valley, the 340,000-acre SCU Lightning Complex Fire largely east of San Jose.

California fires in August 2020 map
California fires in August 2020 map. Picture via Twitter

More than 100,000 people face evacuation orders as fires have ravaged over 900,000 acres — an area larger than Rhode Island.

We understand that many people are stressed and anxious,” Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said. “We ask that you please rely on each other. Help each other. Check on your neighbors. Stay calm.

341,000-acre LNU Lightning Complex Fire

Most of the deaths throughout the state have come from a set of fires known as the L.N.U. Lightning Complex, covering an area of 341,000 acres around Napa Valley.

It’s the second-largest fire in the state’s history. These fires have killed four people and destroyed more than 840 structures, state officials said.

As of Sunday afternoon, the blaze was only 17% controlled.

340,000-acre SCU Lightning Complex Fire

Moving south, approximately 20 different fires merged into three major fires that now comprise the S.C.U. Lightning Complex, which is around Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

This series of fires has burned over 340,000 acres, and as of Sunday morning had destroyed 10 structures — though more than 20,000 structures were at risk, according to Cal Fire.

It’s the third largest wildfire in the state’s history.

As of Sunday afternoon, the blaze was only 10% controlled.

65,000-acre CZU Lightning Complex

Fires also rage in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. The C.Z.U. Lightning Complex fire has so far consumed over 65,000 acres, Cal Fire reports.

As of Sunday morning only 5% of the fire was contained.

Smoke from the fires is limiting visibility and hampering aircraft operations, officials said. Approximately 77,000 people in the area have been evacuated.

More lightning is expected over the next few days, which could spark more wildfires. Yes, incoming weather is concerning to us all and especially to residents in California. Be ready to evacuate your home fast and stay safe!

5 COMMENTS

  1. California fires,Twin Hurricanes in the Gulf,who knows what is next. This is Weather Wars.Hey Trump turn up the rain in China,bust the dam.

  2. New world order
    California fires are caused by energy weapons. They want to turn California into a desert
    In the southwest of China, they want the largest dam in the world to break and millions of people are going to die because of the tons of water that are going to come off.
    Trump is about to shock the Chinese for real and we are all going to go to hell, since we will have the third world war on, and the planet earth will cease to exist and we will all die, since there will be no existence to continue living .
    Good luck to all, this planet earth has its days numbered, and we will thank the crazy Trump later for destroying all the inhabitants of planet earth.
    Regards.

  3. Lightning strikes my as*. You know these are being started intentionally. Look at Australia. Maybe it’s about wanting to burn down as much (easily livable) forestry as they can so people can’t bug out to the woods or live off grid in a cabin. The elite want everyone accounted for. I realize that’s a lot of forestry to burn down, anything any bug out person or prepper person has thought of, they have to.

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