California Fire Map, Updates as Vacaville 'Absolutely Fried' By LNU Lighting Complex Blaze

Nearly 16,000 firefighters continue to battle more than 700 wildfires in California. The fires have burned over 1.35 million acres of the state since August 15, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection(Cal Fire) confirmed Thursday.

The current largest fire, the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, has burned at least 369,935 acres, according to Cal Fire's latest report Thursday.

A portion of Vacaville in northern California was reported to have been "absolutely fried," by the LNU complex fire, according to video footage shared by a San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Matthias Gafni, on his official Twitter account.

"More video from #Vacaville ridge that got absolutely fried. Just completely flattened. This is where fire crossed from Napa County into Solano County #LNULightningComplex," Gafni wrote.

Over 50,000 people were allowed to return to their homes, including in parts of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties where evacuation orders were lifted for more than 20,000 residents in the past 24 hours. Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday for around 35,000 people in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Santa Cruz County Chief Deputy Chris Clark noted: "I think we're going to have good news day to day," the Associated Press reported.

Statewide fire map for Thursday, August 27. Progress continues on multiple fires throughout the state. pic.twitter.com/UeM5ELai50

— Cal OES (@Cal_OES) August 27, 2020

Here are some of the latest updates on several fires across California.

LNU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 369,935
  • Containment: 35 percent
  • Location: Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano counties
  • Fatalities: 5
  • Structures threatened: 30,500
  • Structures destroyed: 1,080
  • Structures damaged: 272

"Extreme fire behavior with short- and long-range spotting continues to challenge firefighting efforts. The Hennessey and Walbridge Fires continue to make runs in several directions, impacting surrounding communities," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

The Hennessey Fire (merged with the fires Gamble, Green, Aetna, Markley, Spanish, Morgan, Round) was reported to be at 311,222 acres, with 33 percent contained.

The Walbridge Fire (merged with the Stewarts Fire) has reached 55,353 acres, with 25 percent contained. The Meyers Fire was reported to be at 2,360 acres, with 98 percent contained.

Evacuation orders in parts of Napa, Lake and Solano counties have been reduced to warnings, while evacuation orders/warnings in several other affected areas remain in place. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Long day.

More video from #Vacaville ridge that got absolutely fried. Just completely flattened. This is where fire crossed from Napa County into Solano County#LNULightningComplex pic.twitter.com/EOXIIM9FU4

— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) August 28, 2020

SCU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 369,471
  • Containment: 35 percent
  • Location: Multiple locations in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced counties
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 20,065
  • Structures destroyed: 48
  • Structures damaged: 9

Firefighting operations continued Thursday in the Henry W. Coe State Park and the surrounding areas, Cal Fire noted in its latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

"For tonight [Thursday] the marine layer will push inland around 2,000 feet with cool and moist conditions below while warm and dry weather persists above the inversion layer. Overnight humidity is expected to range from 15-30 percent.

"Looking ahead no big weather change is forecasted for Friday and Saturday before a warming and drying trend arrives Sunday and lasts through much of next week," Cal Fire said.

The evacuation warning in all areas of Diablo Grande Parkway and the Diablo Grande Community of Stanislaus County has been lifted.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in several parts of the other affected counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

The latest numbers on the Aug. Lightning Siege. More information at https://t.co/cJ4J6rn4AXhttps://t.co/6s2QmGvwFi pic.twitter.com/MwRamVwXM1

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 27, 2020

CZU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 81,479
  • Containment: 24 percent
  • Location: Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties
  • Fatalities: 1
  • Structures threatened: 13,305
  • Structures destroyed: 590
  • Structures damaged: 61

"Several evacuation orders were lifted today on the CZU Lightning Complex. Crews will be working with residents to repopulate the area ensuring safety and security while reentering their communities," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

"An infrastructure group continues working to open roads, mitigate hazard trees and restore utilities. Damage inspection continues where fire activity has diminished and it is safe to do so. There are approximately 52,000 residents evacuated," the report confirmed.

Evacuation orders are in place for parts of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

TGU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 55,300
  • Containment: 30 percent
  • Location: Tehama and Glenn counties
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 250
  • Structures destroyed: 2
  • Structures damaged: 1

The TGU complex fire is spread across two zones. The Elkhorn Fire in the Tehama Zone continues to threaten communities to the north east. The fire has reached 36,600 acres, with 33 percent contained, according to the latest Cal Fire report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

In the Glenn Zone, the Ivory/Doe Fire has a total acreage of 162,326 acres, which includes both state and federal land, with 15,900 acres on state lands. Containment is at 31 percent.

The Tatham Fire in the Glenn Zone has a total acreage of 8,958 acres, including both state and federal land, with 2,800 acres on state lands. Containment is at 11 percent.

The evacuation order in parts of the Glenn County area has been reduced to a warning. Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect in several parts of both zones, while road closures are also in place in the Tehama Zone. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

August Complex map #CALFIRETGU2020 pic.twitter.com/USGm7h9mCm

— CAL FIRE TGU (@CALFIRETGU) August 27, 2020

Butte Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 2,909
  • Containment: 63 percent
  • Location: Butte County
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 27
  • Structures destroyed: 0
  • Structures damaged: 0

"Warm, dry weather increased fire activity on the lightning-caused fires in Butte County. Crews continued working toward building containment lines and mopping up hot spots in very steep, difficult terrain," according to the latest Cal Fire report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

Eight of the 34 fires in Butte County are being actively staffed. The eight fires include the following:

  1. 1-2: 94 acres, 80 percent contained
  2. 1-7: 199 acres, 70 percent contained
  3. 1-8: 92 acres, 90 percent contained
  4. 1-12: 1050 acres, 40 percent contained
  5. 1-13: 1 acre, 70 percent contained
  6. 2-24: 285 acres, 95 percent contained
  7. 5-4: 927 acres, 96 percent contained
  8. 5-6: 261 acres, 95 percent contained

The evacuation warning has been lifted for the areas including from Inskip east to Browns Ravine Road, Browns Ravine Road east to 40-D Road, 40-D Road north to Philbrook Road, Philbrook Road west to Skyway and Skyway south to Inskip.

An evacuation warning remains for areas west of Skyway from Humbug Summit Road south to Road 210B as well the areas west to Thatcher Ridge.

"Skyway Road is closed south of Butte Meadows at Butte Creek to the Humbug Y. The road will be closed in both directions. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed through the road closure. Due to fire activity in the area the F Line has been closed south of Butte Meadows to Humboldt Road until further notice," the report said. See Cal Fire's full report for more details.

Road closures will change as the fire situation progresses. Visit https://t.co/4PstqSYUKY for updated road closure information! @CaltransHQ pic.twitter.com/8beYttun6q

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 28, 2020

River Fire

  • Acres: 48,732
  • Containment: 63 percent
  • Location: Monterey County
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 0
  • Structures destroyed: 30
  • Structures damaged: 13

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in the affected area.

"Infrared Technology is being utilized to assist with detecting hidden fire and hot spots. This technology is assisting ground resources with locating hidden hot spots not seen to the eye. Firefighting crews keep working on reinforcing containment lines along Arroyo Seco Road," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

Lake Fire

  • Acres: 31,089
  • Containment: 70 percent
  • Location: Los Angeles County
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 1,329
  • Structures destroyed: 12
  • Structures damaged: 6

The Lake Fire was reported to be "holding northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138 in steep and rugged terrain," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Thursday.

All National Forest System lands within the Lake Fire closure area have been closed by the Angeles National Forest. The fire danger level of the forest was changed from "very high" to "extreme" on August 1.

The upper and lower lakes and recreation facilities of the Castaic Lake Recreation Area remain closed until further notice, with the surrounding areas being used to support fire operations.

Vacaville, California, wildfires, August 2020
A burned residence is seen during the LNU Lightning Complex fire in Vacaville, California on August 24, 2020. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Carmel Fire

  • Acres: 6,767
  • Containment: 65 percent
  • Location: San Benito and Monterey counties
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 0
  • Structures destroyed: 73
  • Structures damaged: 7

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted. "Dozers and hand crews have improved the fire perimeter and contingency lines...minimal fire growth was observed," Cal Fire confirmed in its latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

"Smoldering will be observed within the containment lines. This will continue to burn and will not pose a threat as long as it remains within the containment area," the report noted.

Other fire updates

Sheep Fire in Plumas County: 28,980 acres; 16 percent contained

Moc Fire in Tuolumne County: 2,800 acres; 90 percent contained

Perry Fire in Placer County: 9 acres; 100 percent contained.