California Fires Map, Updates: 5 Killed, Thousands Evacuated as Blazes Blacken Skies

Dozens of California wildfires, including clusters of fires forming the LNU Lightning Complex, the SCU Lightning Complex and the CZU August Lightning Complex fires, and a string of others, continue to burn across the state.

Five people, including three residents of Napa County and one resident of Solano County, were killed in the LNU Lightning Complex fire. In total, 33 civilians and firefighters have been injured so far, while at least two people are reported to be missing, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Thousands of residents are under evacuation orders and warnings following the Lightning Complex fires, which consists of multiple fires burning thousands of acres across several counties in California. Additional evacuation warnings have been issued for several other areas, including Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County and Shasta County.

Monterey County has seen the evacuation of 9,000 people along the coast, while 8,000 residents near the Russian River were evacuated Wednesday, AP reported.

Nearly 200 structures, including homes, have been destroyed by the fires, while 50,000 more are under threat, according to an assistant deputy director with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Daniel Berlant, AP reported.

Most of the fires are reported to be in northern California, where the blazes have burned about 500 square miles (1,250 square kilometers) of brushland, rural areas, canyon country and dense forest surrounding San Francisco, AP reported.

Images of skies blackened with smoke and ash from the fires have been shared across social media.

Below are some of the latest updates on multiple fires across the state.

LNU Lightning Complex

The multiple fires forming the LNU Lightning Complex blaze were reported to be at 215,000 acres, with zero percent contained and 30,500 structures threatened, according to the latest report Thursday 7:30 p.m. local time by Cal Fire.

Napa County's Hennessey Fire was reported to be at 192,000 acres. In Sonoma County, the Walbridge Fire was at 20,000 acres and Meyers Fire was at 3,000 acres.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for several parts of Napa and Sonoma counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details on specific areas under evacuation orders and warnings.

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A home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fire advances through the area on August 18, 2020 in Winters, California. Getty Images

SCU Lightning Complex

Around 20 separate fires form the SCU Lightning Complex fire, which was reported to have reached 157,475 acres, with five percent contained, according to the latest report Thursday 7 p.m. local time from Cal Fire.

The fires have broken into three areas, including the Canyon Zone, the Calaveras Zone and the Deer Zone.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for various parts of Santa Clara County, Alameda County and San Joaquin County, while evacuation warnings have also been issued for parts of Stanislaus County. See Cal Fire's full report for details on evacuations and road closures in specific areas.

CZU August Lightning Complex

Multiple fires in northern Santa Cruz County and southern San Mateo County form the CZU August Lightning Complex fire, which was reported to be at 48,000 acres, with zero percent contained and with 20,952 structures under threat, according to the latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time by Cal Fire.

Additional evacuation orders have been issued for several parts of both counties, while around 48,000 people have been evacuated so far. See Cal Fire's full report for details on specific areas under evacuation orders as well as road closures.

Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex

The Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex fire, which includes the Elkhorn Fire and Ivory Fire, has burned at least 27,500 acres across Tehama County and Glenn County, with five percent contained and 1,500 structures threatened, according to the latest report from Cal Fire.

Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued for several parts of both zones, including an evacuation warning issued Thursday for the Platina community of Shasta County, "based on fire behavior, no containment, lack of resources to include personnel and aircraft," the report said. See Cal Fire's report for evacuation details on other specific areas.

All roads have been closed in the Glenn Zone, while Pettyjohn Road is closed in the Tehama Zone, the report confirmed.

Butte Lightning Complex

The Butte Lightning Complex fire in Butte County was reported to be at 2,542 acres, with 10 percent contained, according to the latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time by Cal Fire.

Several fires between 100 and 1,000 acres continue to burn in remote areas "with heavy fuels, difficult terrain, and potential for continued growth," the report warned.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed: "An evacuation warning has been issued for the Inskip and Philbrook Reservoir areas due to fires burning in the area and current weather conditions. Please avoid the area until further notice. 8.20.20 12:45 p.m.," in a post on its official Twitter account.

Lake Fire

The Lake Fire in Los Angeles County was reported to be at 27,841 acres, with 52 percent contained and 1,329 structures threatened, according to the latest report Thursday evening local time from the Angeles National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire, which began in the Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes, was reported to be moving north and west and was eight miles northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138, the report confirmed.

Evacuations are in place for several road areas, including Lake Hughes Road west of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch Road, east of Ridge Route Road, west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78, North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road, and South of SR-138, the report noted. See Cal Fire's full report for more details on road closures.

River Fire

The River Fire in Monterey County was reported to be at 33,894 acres, with nine percent contained and 3,005 structures threatened, according to the latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time by Cal Fire.

"A spot on the northern side of the fire grew rapidly with a strong west wind increasing threat to structures in multiple major house developments," the report said.

Portions of the east side of the fire were reported to have progressed towards agricultural fields.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for various parts of the county. Road closures were announced for Pine Canyon at Mesa Road, River Road at Parker Road, Indian Springs Road at Murietta Road, Lps Palamas Road at Tara Drive, Riverview Court at River Road as well as Berry Drive at Enos Drive.

See Cal Fire's full report for full details on specific areas under evacuation orders and warnings.

Carmel Fire

The Carmel Fire, also in Monterey County, was reported to be at 4,428 acres, with zero percent contained and 462 structures threatened, according to the latest report Thursday at 7 p.m. local time by Cal Fire.

"The fire continues to expand to the southeast with the northwest wind. It is currently burning towards Carmel Valley Road. The southern portion of the fire is growing towards the Soberanes Fire," the report said.

"Structures are still being threatened on the northwest, south and east portions of the fire. Increased winds continued to drive the fire along with short range spotting," the report added.

Evacuation orders remain in place for several parts of the affected area, including the forested unpopulated areas east of the San Clemente Reservoir south along Carmel River and Pine Creek to Big Pine Road and Los Padres Reservoir. See Cal Fire's full report for details on specific areas under evacuation orders.

Moc Fire and Volcano Fire

Two new fires were reported Thursday, including the Moc Fire in Tuolumne County, which was at 600 acres, with no containment update reported. The Volcano Fire in San Diego County, which was also reported Thursday, was said to be 45 acres, with five percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

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An aircraft drops fire retardant on a ridge during the Walbridge fire, part of the larger LNU Lightning Complex fire as flames continue to spread in California on August 20, 2020. Getty Images