He woke his neighbors and wasn’t waiting for evacuation orders. UPDATE 6:15 P.M. | Looters arrested in Santa Cruz County. The fires are likely the strongest the coast has seen since 1914, said Supervisor Don Horsley. Her house, on Toyon Drive in a rural, unincorporated area east of Healdsburg, suffered heavy damage during the Kincade Fire last fall. There were also two new evacuation orders for areas in SCU Complex fires and the LNU Complex fires, both of which were believed to be ignited by those lightning strikes. The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District has lifted some of its evacuation orders as crews fight the Deer Zone Fire. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), SAINT HELENA, CA - AUGUST 18: Smoke from the Hennessey Fire chokes the Napa Valley over the Usibelli Grape Ranch in Saint Helena, Calif., Tuesday, Aug., 18, 2020.
CZU August Lightning Complex — Update, 7 a.m. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group), BOULDER CREEK, CA - AUGUST 21: The remains of a burned down house on West Hilton Drive are seen on Aug. 21, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif., as the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burns in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Now she’s once watching a new blaze threaten her home yet again. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Already shortstaffed, fire crews had to dedicate personnel to make three rescues of people who didn’t heed mandatory evacuation orders, which had expanded to include more than 60,000 residents in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. It was pitch black and the smoke and ash was thick — he could barely breathe and even late morning Wednesday could feel the burn in his lungs.
I’ve always known that redwood forests burn like that, but it’s all of it at the same time and it’s just too much.”. Evacuee waits and worries: ‘I want to know if I still have a home’ — Update, 1:45 p.m. Shawnee Whaley spent Wednesday inside Vacaville’s Ulatis Community Center, waiting to find out what happened to her home on the western edge of the city. Along with the pros, several youth sports teams also canceled outdoor practices Wednesday. “I’m so nervous,” Butori said. Two days later, she saw her house on the news, inside the area of a controlled burn set by firefighters to head off the wildfire and prevent it from hitting the Fitch Mountain area. LOS ALTOS — Mary and Rick Lyons had already left their Bonny Doon home for Costonoa earlier this week after losing power. Some 3,200 firefighters have been deployed to fight fires, which were started earlier this week by what state officials have called a “lightning siege.” So far, the fires have killed at least four civilians, including three in Napa County and one in Solano County. A Flex Alert meant to encourage such conservation remained in effect through 9 p.m. Firefighter near Boulder Creek: ‘There’s just too much fire to extinguish’ — update 7:15 p.m. The fire in Bonny Doon swept through forest and dense brushland filled with hot-burning manzanita. The blaze is about 5% contained and has destroyed 97 structures. “I was down in Santa Clara yesterday meeting with some San Jose firefighters that looked completely wiped, that said ‘We need more support,'” Newsom said. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), TRACY, CA - AUGUST 18: Part of the SCU Lightning Complex Incident wildland fire burns in the hills near Corral Hollow Road in San Joaquin County between Tracy and Livermore, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. At least 50 structures were destroyed, including multiple homes, and another 50 had been damaged, with 1,900 others under threat, fire officials said Wednesday morning.