Evacuation warnings for the CZU Lightning Complex fire have been lifted, and authorities have lifted evacuation orders for UC Santa Cruz. As of Tuesday afternoon, CalFire said 21% of the fire damage in the Santa Clara Valley Unified School District had been contained and there were no new reports of fire damage, according to a Cal Fire news release. All evacuations and warnings related to the C-section complex in Santa Jose County have since been lifted, the Cal Fire Department said Tuesday morning. The evacuation warning for Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara and San Mateo counties was lifted Tuesday night, as was the evacuation order for San Jose State University and the University of California, San Francisco, all lifted on Wednesday morning, a day before the start of the first spring recovery, Calfire said.
Cal Fire, which had already urged all residents in the area of the lightning fire to evacuate, warned people in parts of San Mateo County to get out.
Firefighters were able to capitalize on the northerly winds that have fueled several other wildfires in the Santa Clara Valley in recent days. The SCU fire has engulfed more than 1,000 acres of land near the Merced River, but firefighters have gained control of several other wildfires in the area, including the Fan Fire, a 2,500-acre fire in San Mateo County.
Lightning also caused the August Lightning Complex fire, which has raged in the Santa Clara Valley for more than a month and has so far burned more than 25,000 acres. The SCU Lightning Complex, a series of fires burning in the SCU and Lightning Complexes, has become one of the largest wildfires in California history, covering a total of 1.5 million acres and burning more than 500 square miles. Both types of wildfires, the SCU and the lightning bolt, have burned in the eastern part of Santa Cruz County, according to the California Department of Natural Resources.
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The Bay Area was surrounded by a series of wildfires that consumed more than 78,000 acres as of August 16. The Santa Clara County Fire Department coordinated the firefighting and deployment of more than 1,200 firefighters from across the state and acted as the primary fire-fighting agency for San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz and Marin counties.
On August 16, lightning ignited several fires that merged into the SCU Lightning Complex, the largest fire in Bay Area history. The fire, which burned in a cluster that included Contra Costa County, was contained on August 17, with only 5% contained in the middle. This has been a big fire season for the Santa Clara County Fire Department and other California fire departments.
In total, more than 365,000 hectares burned in Santa Clara and Alameda counties, which include San Jose, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Marin. Elsewhere, wildfires have spread across the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Cruz Mountains, reaching nearly 1,500 acres in Marin County and more than 2,200 acres across the state.
At a news conference, Newsom said there are 625 active fires in California, 17 of which are major fires, including 17 in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Marin counties. Cal Fire said its ability to fight the fires has been hampered because firefighters are battling hundreds of blazes across the state and there are only so many crews able to be in the area. About 12,000 firefighters are currently battling wildfires in San Jose, Alameda, Marin, Santa Cruz and San Francisco counties, fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
An interactive map, where affected residents can view damage assessments of their homes. When the fire reaches the Santa Clara County boundary, the county's fire department prepares to issue an evacuation order for the Environmental Control Center if necessary and plans to issue it if necessary. Given the tight resources, Blackshire is coordinating emergency plans with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the San Jose Police Department, according to a news release.
This article was written while I was stationed at the Redwood Estates Fire Station during the research. I also expressed my thoughts on the devastation caused by the fires in California. The fire at the LNU Lightning Complex in the north is being called the "Lightning Complex Fire," according to a news release from Santa Clara County Fire Chief Jake Blackshire.
The Santa Clara County Fire Department is committed to protecting the most vulnerable people and continues to ensure the health and safety of our community. As wildfires continue to spread across the San Francisco Bay Area, San Mateo County, and across California, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a fund to support individuals and families affected by destructive fires and their aftermath.