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Cal Fire lifts all SCU Lightning Complex evacuations for Alameda County

Containment reaches 65% in wildfires

Cal Fire lifted its evacuation orders in Alameda and Santa Clara counties Monday after firefighters made progress in containing the SCU Lightning Complex fires.

The fires have burned more than 387,000 acres of vegetation in multiple locations in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and San Benito counties since being sparked by lightning strikes and a West Coast heat wave more than two weeks ago.

The acreage burned is the second-highest amount recorded in California's history.

The complex of fires was about 65% contained as of Monday evening, according to Cal Fire. The agency expects the complex to be fully contained by Thursday.

There had been evacuation orders and warnings in portions of the affected counties, but Cal Fire on Monday evening lifted all orders and warnings for Alameda County, including the nearly two-week evacuation warning for parts of rural unincorporated Tri-Valley to the far south and east.

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More than 1,900 firefighters from several agencies and departments across the fire complex region have been fighting the fires.

Three firefighters and two civilians have suffered injuries due to the fire and more than 100 structures have been destroyed since it first began. More than 5,000 structures are still considered to be threatened, according to Cal Fire.

Residents in the affected counties are advised to remain vigilant about current fire conditions in their area. A full map of Cal Fire evacuation orders can be found here.

Editor's note: Story by Bay City News Foundation, with Pleasanton Weekly editor Jeremy Walsh contributing local information.

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Cal Fire lifts all SCU Lightning Complex evacuations for Alameda County

Containment reaches 65% in wildfires

Uploaded: Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 12:21 pm
Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 8:17 pm

Cal Fire lifted its evacuation orders in Alameda and Santa Clara counties Monday after firefighters made progress in containing the SCU Lightning Complex fires.

The fires have burned more than 387,000 acres of vegetation in multiple locations in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and San Benito counties since being sparked by lightning strikes and a West Coast heat wave more than two weeks ago.

The acreage burned is the second-highest amount recorded in California's history.

The complex of fires was about 65% contained as of Monday evening, according to Cal Fire. The agency expects the complex to be fully contained by Thursday.

There had been evacuation orders and warnings in portions of the affected counties, but Cal Fire on Monday evening lifted all orders and warnings for Alameda County, including the nearly two-week evacuation warning for parts of rural unincorporated Tri-Valley to the far south and east.

More than 1,900 firefighters from several agencies and departments across the fire complex region have been fighting the fires.

Three firefighters and two civilians have suffered injuries due to the fire and more than 100 structures have been destroyed since it first began. More than 5,000 structures are still considered to be threatened, according to Cal Fire.

Residents in the affected counties are advised to remain vigilant about current fire conditions in their area. A full map of Cal Fire evacuation orders can be found here.

Editor's note: Story by Bay City News Foundation, with Pleasanton Weekly editor Jeremy Walsh contributing local information.

— Bay City News Service

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