California Fires Map, Updates as Hundreds of Blazes Burn Nearly a Million Acres

Nearly a million acres in California have been burned by 585 wildfires since August 15, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) confirmed. Lightning storms sparked many of the fires. This includes nearly 819,000 acres burned in the Lightning Complex fires.

Six people have died so far. Tens of thousands have been evacuated, with nearly 700 homes damaged by the fires, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The affected areas include the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's oldest state park, which has experienced "sustained extensive damage" from the CZU August Lightning Complex fire in Santa Cruz County. The park has been closed from Monday until further notice, California State Parks confirmed.

The LNU Lightning Complex fire is currently the second-largest fire by acreage in the state's history, while the SCU Lighting Complex fire is now the third largest by acreage, according to Cal Fire.

The largest wildfire by acreage in the state's history is the Mendocino Complex fire in 2018, which reached over 459,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.

Red Flag Warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for "much of northern California and portions of the Intermountain West," the NWS noted in a post Sunday on its official Twitter account.

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California and "ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts," the White House confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter noted: "The worst is not behind us, we are in a battle rhythm. New lightning activity is expected across the state," in a post Saturday on his official Twitter account.

Statewide Fire Map for 8-23-20

— CAL FIRE TGU (@CALFIRETGU) August 23, 2020

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

LNU Lightning Complex

The LNU complex fire is currently at 347,630 acres, with 21 percent contained. The cluster of fires includes the Hennessey Fire in Napa County, which is reported to be at 290,102 acres, with 22 percent contained.

The Walbridge Fire in Sonoma County is at 52,068 acres, with five percent contained, according to the latest Cal Fire report Sunday at 7 p.m. local time.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for various parts of Napa, Lake, Sonoma and Solano counties. Evacuation orders in some parts have been lifted or downgraded to warnings. See Cal Fire's full report posted on the department's official Twitter account for more details on the latest evacuation updates.

#LNULightningComplex - EVACUATION UPDATE – Sonoma County - As evacuations are lifted please review the safety steps when returning to your home after a wildfire.

For information on returning home visit us at:

— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) August 23, 2020

SCU Lightning Complex

The SCU Lightning Complex fire has reached 343,965 acres, with 10 percent contained. "A Red Flag Warning for dry lightning and gusty outflow winds is currently in effect through 5 p.m. [local time] Monday," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Sunday at 7 p.m. local time.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for several parts of the Santa Clara, Alameda, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details on specific areas under evacuation orders and warnings.

CZU August Lightning Complex

The CZU August Lightning Complex is at 74,000 acres, with eight percent contained, according to the latest report Sunday from Cal Fire at 7 p.m. local time.

The body of a 70-year-old man was recovered Sunday evening at the end of Last Chance Road in Santa Cruz County, Cal Fire confirmed, NBC Bay Area reported. Around 77,000 people have evacuated from the affected area.

More than two dozen state parks have been closed, while others will be partially closed, due to safety concerns, California State Parks confirmed in a statement.

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

Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex

The Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex fire is at 49,050 acres, with 13 percent contained, according to the latest Cal Fire report Sunday at 7 p.m. local time. The Glenn Zone includes the Doe Fire, which was reported to be 18 percent contained.

"The Doe Fire has a current total acreage of 134,430 (total acres includes both state and federal land, and the 18 percent containment is on state land)," the report noted.

The Tatham Fire in the Glenn Zone was reported to be at 2,800 acres with zero percent contained.

Multiple fires in the Tehama Zone were reported to be burning to the east from the Mendocino National Forest. The Elkhorn Fire in the Tehama Zone was reported to be at 33,000 acres and continues to threaten communities to the east, the report confirmed.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for various parts of both zones. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Tehama and Glenn County Public Information maps for the current fire areas of the Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fires. #ButteLightningComplex #TGULightningComplex #ElkhornFire #AugustComplex #augustlightningcomplex @CAL_FIRE

— CAL FIRE TGU (@CALFIRETGU) August 22, 2020

Butte Lightning Complex

The Butte Lighting Complex fire has stretched to 4,278 acres, with 40 percent contained, according to the latest Cal Fire report Sunday at 7 p.m. local time.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Butte County, with the possibility of thunderstorms containing more lightning and little rainfall and gusty winds, the report noted.

Eight of the 34 fires in the county are being actively staffed. An evacuation warning is in place for the Inskip/Philbrook area.

The link below provides a map of the extended EVACUATION WARNING for the Inskip area.
8.21.2020 12:30pm #ButteSheriff #ButteLightningComplex

— Butte County Sheriff (@ButteSheriff) August 21, 2020

River Fire and Carmel Fire

The River Fire (off Pine Canyon and River Road, east of the city of Salinas) in Monterey County is reported to be at 48,424 acres, with 20 percent contained, while the Carmel Fire (off Cachagua Road and Carmel Valley Road) in Monterey County is at 6,695 acres, with 15 percent contained, according to the latest reports by Cal Fire on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time.

Both fires "continue to burn interior pockets of vegetation and is smolder around structures," Cal Fire noted.

North & South Fire Maps

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 23, 2020

"The cloud cover along with increased humidity has helped firefighters make progress on the fire by slowing the fire spread," the report added.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect in the areas affected by both fires through 5 p.m. local time Monday, with potential wind gusts as high as 65 miles per hour expected with thunderstorms.

Evacuation orders and warnings as well as road closures are in place across parts of the county. See Cal Fire's full reports for details.

Lake Fire

The Lake Fire in Los Angeles County (off Lake Hughes Road and Prospect Road) has reached 31,089 acres, with 58 percent contained, according to the latest Cal Fire report Sunday evening local time.

"A slight chance of thunderstorms and flash flooding remain, but the lack of activity so far continues to reduce these chances," the report noted.

Residents in the northeast side of the Lake Hughes community were permitted to return to their homes on Friday. But evacuation orders and road closures remain in place for other parts of the affected areas. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Other fire updates

  • Moc Fire in Tuolumne County: At 2,800 acres, with 12 percent contained.
  • Hills Fire in Fresno County: At 2,121 acres, with 96 percent contained.
  • Salt Fire in Calaveras County: At 1,789 acres and 95% contained.
LNU Lightning Complex Fire, California, August 2020
Docked boats burn on Lake Berryessa during the LNU Lightning Complex fire in Napa, California on August 19, 2020. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images