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Northern California Wildfires Update: Residents Fleeing

by Jack T. Wilder
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Northern California wildfires are sweeping the state, threatening residents and causing them to flee.

Thousands of people were told to evacuate areas of Northern California this morning while some residents are being asked to stay inside as more than 30 different fires rage through counties just north of San Francisco.

Local news networks reported that more than 10,000 acres are burning in just two counties alone. Helicopters are battling the fire from the air as hotshot crews fight it from land.

Stretched Thin

Firefighter resources are stretched thin as multiple fires burn. 8 out of the 9 counties that make up the Bay Area are fighting fires right now.

“Throughout the state of California right now, we are stretched thin for crews,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Will Powers said to news outlets. “Air resources have been stretched thin throughout the whole state.”

Northern California Wildfires Latest Updates

NBC News reports the following update to the fires:

  • About 20 fires that were being tracked as the single SCU (Santa Clara Unit) Lightning Complex Fire had consumed 85,000 acres with about 5-percent containment by Wednesday morning, Cal Fire said.
  • Eight fires connected to lightning strikes in Napa and Sonoma Counties, called the LNU (Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit) Lightning Complex Fire had consumed more than 46,000 acres by Wednesday morning, with no containment, Cal Fire said.
  • Five fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties – dubbed the CZU August Lightning Complex – broke out on Monday night and had scorched 10,000 acres by Wednesday morning. One of those blazes was only 5 percent contained and the other four had zero containment, Cal Fire said.

Advisories for children, pregnant women, the elderly or those with underlying health conditions were put out in East Oakland.

And the heat goes in California. The temperature today hit 102 degrees in Sacramento.