Things are not going well in California. On top of the pandemic that everyone is dealing with, the state has been experiencing a “lightning siege.” More than 10,000 lightning strikes were reported in the past 72 hours, which has set off hundreds of new fires.
There have been about 10,849 lightning strikes in California over the last 72 hours, a “historic lightning siege” that has caused more than 367 new fires, Chief Jeremy Rahn, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said at a news conference. Gov. Gavin Newsom said that 23 of those fires are considered major blazes.
In Vacaville, a city of about 100,000 residents near Sacramento, people were ordered to flee as a combination of uncontrolled fires northwest of the city began to overtake homes. That group of fires, known together as the L.N.U. Lightning Complex, has destroyed more than 50 homes and is threatening nearly 2,000 more, the authorities said.
In Vacaville near Sacramento, people woke up in the middle of the night to find the fire had crept up to their homes.