Clusters of devastating wildfires rage in Northern California due to the barrage of lightning strikes and thunderstorms. Roughly 1.1 million acres have burned since Aug. 15, according to Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency. The vast majority of that have been the groups of fires known as the L.N.U. Lightning Complex and the S.C.U. Lightning Complex, which now have become the second- and third-largest fires in state history. The term “complex fire” refers to multiple incidents located in the same general area which are assigned to a single unified command.
Both Tankers 911, and 912 have been the main crews working the North California Complex fires. Over 65 strategic drops have been completed to contain each incident, that’s nearly 61,100k gallons with more to come in the next couple days.
S.C.U. Lightning Complex
Five miles southwest of Brentwood, and east of Silicon Valley, the SCU Lightning Complex is a group of 20 fires that have grown to 360,055k acres. Fueled by tall grass and chaparral, numerous structures and energy infrastructure have been and are still threatened. Evacuations are currently in effect, roads and trail closures are also in effect. It is now the third-largest fire in state history, and is 35% contained
as of 7:33am, Aug 27th.
L.N.U. Lightning Complex
Two miles north of Barro, CA the LNU is the third largest fire in California history. Growing to a staggering 352,913 acres since August 20th, these series of fires threaten numerous structures, energy and communication infrastructure. Evacuations are currently in effect, roads and trail closures are also in effect.
C.Z.U. August Lightning Complex
This combination of fires forced 77,000 people in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties to evacuate, including the entire University of California, Santa Cruz campus, which was placed under a mandatory evacuation order on Thursday night. The fires have grown to 79,640 acres, consumed almost 100 buildings and are 19% percent contained as of Aug 27th.
We Fight On...
In the coming weeks we will continue to serve the state of California and those effected by the complex wildfires. If you wish to stay updated, please make sure to visit our social platforms @10tanker.
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