Thousands of people were evacuated from the San Francisco Bay Area region as nearly 40 wildfires blazed through the scorching heatwave, which is now in its second week. Hundreds of wildfires burned across Southern California on Wednesday, prompting thousands to evacuate, the result of a scorching hot and dry summer in the South Bay region of California, where it has been blazing in scorching heat for two weeks - a wave with its own challenges.
Several wildfires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, known as CZU (August Lightning Complex) fire that merged and spread east and west of the San Francisco Bay Area with the Santa Rosa Fire and the Los Angeles Fire, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. At least 1,000 people in the South Bay region have been evacuated as several wildfires this morning burned an estimated 10,000 hectares of land and a number of homes.
The Bay Area is surrounded by the Santa Rosa Fire and the Los Angeles Fire, which have consumed 78,000 acres since early August. In California, the river fire that engulfed more than 1,500 acres of land in Santa Cruz County, destroyed 10 buildings, damaged two others and forced evacuations has burned about 2,300 acres in San Mateo County. Three fires are blazing in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
While the Cal Fire is still investigating the cause, PG & E has reported the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to the fire's transmission pole to be defective. Power lines caused some of the worst fires in the state's history in Northern California in 2017 and 2018. A faulty electrical connection sparked the Valley fire that devastated Lake County in 2015.
Neighbors said they smelled smoke and saw the fire burning near their homes, which they called their home on a hillside where the name "South San Francisco" prominently appears. A fire with three fire alarms was reported in the area just before 2.30pm after the first fire was contained. Earlier, several homes nearby were threatened, according to the Cal Fire website.
Spectators in Daly City were sent photos of ash falling from cars in a fire in South San Francisco. The wildfire occurred in the hills of San Mateo County, including two in San Jose, as gusts fueled long embers nests of the LNU Lightning Complex fire. Ash and smoke in San Francisco are coming from at least seven fires known as the LN U Lighting Complex, which has burned 480 buildings including homes and threatened more than 1,000 acres of land in Marin County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). The wildfires occurred Tuesday afternoon and evening on the south side of the Bay Area hills, including two at the end of a wildfire that included wind speeds of up to 40 mph and gusty winds with gusts of up to 50 mph that fanned long-simmering flames.
The wildfires occurred in the hills of San Mateo County, including two in San Jose, as gusts fueled long embers nests from the LNU Lightning Complex fire. Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned in the Bay Area as the flames eat their way through grasses, trees, shrubs and other vegetation on the southern side of San Francisco Bay in California. The wildfire occurred Tuesday afternoon and evening at the end of a wildfire that was expected to reach wind speeds of up to 40 km / h and gusty winds of up to Up to 50 km / h, which ignited long smoldering flames.
Firefighters in California are battling 367 known wildfires, including 23 considered major, according to Newsom. More than 8,600 wildfires have burned well over 16,576 square miles this year and destroyed more than 9,200 buildings across California. By early Thursday, there were more than 1,000 fires in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, San Mateo and Marin counties, according to the Cal Fire. More than 60,000 California residents have been evacuated as the fires burned 780 square miles across the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
In South San Francisco, the state fire department said it was responding to more than 1,000 fires in San Jose, San Mateo and Marin counties and isolated evacuations had been ordered. More than 365,000 acres have burned in Santa Clara and Alameda counties, which include the city of Santa Cruz and parts of Marin County, and in the San Joaquin Valley in the Bay Area, according to Cal Fire. About 22,000 people had to be evacuated as the fire burned through dense, wooded parkland and threatened communities, fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said. Some 22,500 people have been evacuated because a fire blazed through "dense, wooded Parkland" threatening communities, the fire department said. About 22,500 people in the San Rafael area and about 2,600 in Santa Rosa, but about 23,200 in Marin and San Clara counties were also laid off.