California continues to battle widespread wildfire breakouts more than a week after the fires first began on August 15.
Since then, at least four people have been killed, and more than 1.1 million acres have been burned throughout the state’s northern region. So far, more than 1,200 structures have been destroyed, 870 of which were lost in the LNU Complex Fires in the northern Bay Area and Central Valley, Cal Fire officials said.
The LNU Lightning Complex Fire is now the second-largest inferno in the state’s recorded history, officials say. Burning near San Jose, the SCU Lightning Complex Fire is now the third-largest fire in the state’s history.
The LNU Complex Fires continue to threaten Napa, Sonoma, Solano and surrounding counties as just 22% of the fires were contained as of Monday evening, Cal Fire updates show.
More than 10 million residents remain under red-flag warnings as “warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger,” the National Weather Service said.
In a press conference this weekend, Cal Fire spokesman Steve Kaufmann said lightning was responsible for about 585 fires in the past week.