California Battling Hundreds of Wildfires in Record-Breaking Season
Nearly 600 active fires are burning across California. More than one hundred thousand people have been evacuated, over one million acres have burned, and hundreds of structures have been destroyed.
“We simply haven't seen anything like this in many, many years,” Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday.
Among the most severe blazes are the LNU Lightning Complex Fire (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, and Stanislaus counties) and the SCU Lightning Complex Fire (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties). They are among the largest wildfires in state history. They were kicked off by thousands of lightning strikes that hit the Northern California area. The forecast shows more lightning in the coming days.
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