Photos: Firefighters continue to battle Lightning Complex Fires as weather moves in – The Mercury News
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The message in the Sunday afternoon briefing on the SCU Lightning Complex fires was clear: Heed official warnings, and prepare to head out.
The SCU Complex Fire in parts of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties has burned almost 292,000 acres and at time threatened the eastern outskirts of San Jose and the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. The fire is currently 10 percent contained and evacuations are in effect East of Morgan hill. Police have set up a checkpoint at Thomas Grade and Dunne Road for people who are entering the neighborhoods.
The LNU Complex Fire in parts of Sonoma, Napa, Solano counties and beyond has burned more than 300,000 acres, making it the seventh most destructive fire in state history. Although it is now 17 percent contained, it’s threatening the Sonoma County towns of Healdsburg and Guerneville.
As of early Sunday, about 32,000 people in Sonoma County alone were under an evacuation order, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Misti Wood, although those orders were downgraded to warnings in several areas, including Dry Creek Valley outside Healdsburg, and eastern Forestville.
The CZU Complex Fire has burned 63,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains and parts of San Mateo County, forcing the evacuation of more than 77,000 residents and threatening the University of California Santa Cruz campus. It has burned 97 structures, including homes on the outskirts of the towns of Bonny Doon and Boulder Creek, threatening others on Highway 9. The fire is currently 5 percent contained and a light rain started to fall on Sunday evening.