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The wildfires currently raging across California were sparked by lightning, which struck during a series of dry thunderstorms over the course of last week. The Hennessey Fire grew to merge with the Gamble, Green, Markley, Spanish and Morgan fires to form a major blaze, which has scorched thousands of acres of land in the LNU Lightning Complex area of California.
Among many regions in California currently battling the blazes, the fires spanning across the most acres are being reported in the LNU Lightning Complex, followed by the SCU Lightning Complex.
Across California at least 700 homes have been destroyed by the fires, and at least six people have died as of Sunday, August 23.
The National Guard were called in over the weekend to help quell the blazes raging across the state.
Evacuation orders have been issued across California, with more than 200,000 people told to leave their homes.
How many acres have burned?
In total Cal Fire estimates more than one million acres of land has been blackened in the blaze across the state of California.
According to the Cal Fire website, as of Sunday evening local time, 347,630 acres of land has been burned in the LNU Lightning Complex alone.
The current LNU fires are now the second-largest wildfires on record in the state of California.
As of Sunday evening local time, Cal Fire reports 343,965 acres of land has been destroyed by the fires in the SCU Lightning Complex.
Ash and smoke has also made its way across the state, settling in the north.
The mass of ash and smoke can be seen from several states away.
Cal Fire said in their incident update on Sunday evening for the LNU Lightning Complex that further fires are possible over this week.
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The update read: “Continued fire growth is expected throughout the rest of the operational period.
“Extreme fire behavior with short and long range spotting are continuing to challenge firefighting efforts.
“Fires continue to make runs in multiple directions, impacting multiple communities.
“Weather forecast through Tuesday, August 25, 2020 is calling for dry lightning and thunderstorms that could cause erratic winds, extreme fire behavior within the existing fires, and have a potential for new fires to start.”
Is the fire contained?
According to the Cal Fire website, the fires raging through the LNU Lightning Complex were 21 percent contained as of 9.11pm local time (5.11am BST) on Sunday.
Fires were less contained in the SCU Lightning Complex, with only 10 percent contained as of 8.07pm local time (4.07am BST) on Sunday.
Cal Fire also report the following active incidents: Butte/Tehama/G; River Fire; Apple Fire; Lake Fire; Sheep Fire; Carmel Fire; Butte/Tehama/G; Holser Fire; Moc Fire; Hills Fire; Salt Fire; Potters Fire; Jones Fire; Elsmere Fire; Coyote Fire and Post Fire.
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