California, as you may have noticed, can be highly flammable. A few nights back we had a lightning storm, which was cool as these things go, but also very, very bad. We are now on fire. I’ll include a brief list of the major fires below.
LNU Lightning Complex: includes fires in Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties. 46,000 acres burning. Vacaville has active evacuations going.
SCU Lightning Complex: includes fires in Santa Clara County. 85,000 acres, 1400 structures at risk.
CZU Lightning Complex: San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. 10,000 acres burning in coastal redwoods for the most part.
I am about 5 miles or so from the SCU Complex Fire, but it is burning away from me. I think danger is minimal. The air quality is shit however. Apparently the smoke is blowing all the way to Texas and down into Mexico.
If fires are impacting you, or you have more information, please jump in. We’d love to know you’re ok.
Yes, right there where the trailhead going up into Big Basin is and the beach is on the ocean side where the kiteboarders hang out. When I drove by I could see flames in the trees and a smoldering branch slid about halfway down the bluffs towards the road.
East of Sacramento this morning the sky gray/brown at sunrise, but not smokey. Ash falling most of the day out here, but smoke smell is light/none, oddly. We are nearing the end of a heat wave where it’s been 106F - 111F every day for the past week. This is going to be a messy week ahead now.
The fire has reached Big Basin State Park, which runs from Skyline to the Sea (near the cliffs we were discussing above). My understanding is that the old growth redwood is doing fine. This is in the Santa Cruz mountains, very close to where I lived for many years. The area is fairly remote and fire fighting will be difficult.