An extended heatwave with temperatures expected to reach triple digits in inland areas of Southern California provoked nearly 30 fires on 18 August, mainly in rural forests statewide, according to local media reports.
A fire named the LNU Lightning Complex is comprised of two separate blazes under a single incident management team. The LNU Lightning Complex has burned 124,100 acres (50,221 ha) in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, and Solano counties, forcing some residents to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) website.
The second blaze, named the Jones Fire burned 102,000 acres (41,277 ha) in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties and has caused several evacuations and school closures.
Numerous photos and videos have been published on social media platforms.
This is heartbreaking, terrifying fire in Napa County in California. Praying for all my relatives and friends
stay safe and everyone#CaliforniaFire #NapaCountry #wildfires #fire #CaliforniaHeatWave #California #USA #CaliforniaFires pic.twitter.com/vSWUJseWnp
— Nadine lee (@Nadinel67986235) August 20, 2020
Fires caused because of the Lightning’s 3 days ago . It’s bad in California right now . pic.twitter.com/WePIz9ttRp
— NSG (@nenesaveuc) August 20, 2020
The wildfires that were caused by extended, above-normal temperatures across the state are expected to continue through the middle of this week with overnight temperatures also higher than usual, reports say.