In mid-August, 2020, an unusual heat wave fixated over California, leading to a series of lightning storms across the state and numerous wildfires. Hundreds of thousands of acres were burned and tens of thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes. Below is an account of how the fires spread and officials responded to the emergency.
Read the previous updates from Aug. 27-28
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 30:
8:00 p.m. California National Guard to assist CZU: Three hundred members of the California National Guard arrived at the CZU Lightning Complex fire Sunday afternoon to help with firefighting, Cal Fire officials said Sunday. Beginning Monday, the teams will be placed on the line to assist with fire suppression and mop up efforts.” Their presence is solely to bolster personnel on the fire line and are not assisting in security or law enforcement activities,” a Cal Fire statement said.
7:36 p.m. More Sonoma County evacuation orders lifted: A portion of the territory in Sonoma County by the Armstrong Woods and Dry Creek areas has been downgraded from evacuation order to evacuation warning. This includes the area North of Mill Creek Road; West of Dry Creek (the actual creek,) and Westside Road; South of Chemise Road; and East of the burn area. In addition the downgraded area includes areas: north of Sweetwater Springs Road; west of Westside Road; South of Mill Creek Road; and east of the burn area. Sweetwater Springs Road will remain closed to all traffic from Westside Road; residents living along the road will have to report to the traffic control point at Armstrong Woods Road to make access. No one living east of 17990 Sweetwater Spring Road, or north of 16881 Armstrong Woods Road, will be able to have access at this time. Cal Fire warned that those returning home are doing so at their own risk, as “these areas are still at risk from the fires in the area.”
7:00 p.m. LNU crews increase containment: Fire crews continued to gain a foothold on the LNU Complex Fire in affecting the Healdsburg and Russian River areas, increasing containment from 56% to 58% on Sunday. The blaze’s growth halted over the day, remaining steady at 375,209 acres. Throughout the day fire crews worked to get a handle on flare-ups in the interior portion of the fire zone, which can be hazardous when they near the perimeter, officials said. Teams throughout the week will focus on the north and east areas of the complex, amid threats of hotter and dryer temperatures.