By the time the storm had passed, lightning strikes had started 11 separate fires in Napa and Sonoma counties. Fires that started in Napa spread to Solano, Yolo and Lake counties. The fires quickly began to ravage areas around Lake Berryessa and the Russian River.
LNU LIGHTNING COMPLEX
AUG. 17, 2020
At the same time, fires were burning to the south. Lightning also struck San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, starting several fires Sunday that blew out of control Tuesday.
CZU LIGHTNING COMPLEX
Low humidity and high winds fanned the flames of many of these smaller fires, merging them together into larger wildfire complexes. Yet another round of lightning sparked even more fires in the Bay Area, this time in the South and East Bay. Twenty fires started across five counties: Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and San Joaquin.
SCU LIGHTNING COMPLEX
AUG. 18, 2020
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