Intense winds can whip otherwise controllable fires into firestorms.
There weren't any evacuations ordered.
After more than a month of burning, Cal Fire officials announced Tuesday evening that the CZU Lightning Complex incident is 100% contained. However, officials were quick to point out, that does not necessarily mean controlled.
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Additional evacuation warnings were issued Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could lead to new wildfire.”
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The SCU Lightning Complex Fire remains at 396,624 acres.
As of Saturday night, the fire has destroyed 925 residences and 90 residences have sustained damage.
The fires have burned more than 375,000 acres and claimed five lives.
The fire has burned 4,800 acres since being started by an afternoon lightning strike on Aug. 18.
The California Office of Emergency Services said Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters were used for the rescues that began late Saturday and continued overnight.
Cal Fire says they made progress overnight on the blazes.
Cal Fire continues to battle numerous wildfires across the state sparked by an Aug.16 lightning storm.
Diana Jones, 63, was an EMT with the Cresson Volunteer Fire Dept in Texas who was firefighting with her son, a captain with the department.
Officials say she died Monday in an accident.
Crews working on a fire complex — a group of blazes — in wine country had contained 56% of it by Sunday, up from 42% a day earlier.
The fires have claimed 84,600 acres since being ignited by lightning strikes on Aug. 16, destroying 755 residences and damaging 84.
Cal Fire shares these tips for wildfire evacuees returning home.