(Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group), BOULDER CREEK, CA - AUGUST 21: Firefighters from Vista Fire Department put out a spot fire on Acorn Dr. in Boulder Creek, Calif., on Aug. 21, 2020, as the CZU August Lightning Complex fire continues to burn in Santa Cruz Mountains. Pinnacles National Park fully reopens to visitors. “I hate to tell people just to stay inside, because I know some people don’t have air conditioning,” Palmer said. By comparison, the company — which monitors air quality globally through sensors stationed around the world — provided readings over just over 500 during the Camp Fire in Butte County two years ago. Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. pic.twitter.com/FBA4Vj6lSt, thought they were fireworks because this is san jose and i’ve never seen #Lightning like this #ShotoniPhone pic.twitter.com/2HfSh9ZJ8Q, — Rashi, but 6 ft away (@rashyeehaw) August 16, 2020, Get Morning Report and other email newsletters. Besieged fire crews worked through Thursday night and into Friday afternoon and pleaded for help, as wildfires in eight of nine Bay Area counties continued to consume land. Woke up early in Redwood City and grabbed my camera. #lightning #bayarea #bayareanws pic.twitter.com/6f4yLrZHNn, — Clinton St. Clair (@cdog209) August 16, 2020, Lightning in Berkeley? The agency’s stated goal is to put out 90% of fires before they grow to more than 10 acres. A severe lightning storm caused several fires near the Round Valley Regional Preserve and Morgan Territory Regional Preserve.
Some of the blazes reached hundreds of acres, including the Deer Zone Fire in Contra Costa County. Bay Area #Lightning pic.twitter.com/U6CjqM9TXc, — Grant McKinney (@grantwmckinney) August 16, 2020, About 6:20 this morning off my #gopro8 #lightening #bayarea #Thunderstorms @kron4news pic.twitter.com/x7UysG2EFv, — Sallie Arellano (@SallieArellano) August 16, 2020, We have had an honest to goodness summer thunderstorm here in the bay area overnight and this morning. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), BONNY DOON, CA - AUGUST 21: A lending library in Bonny Doon, Calif., remains standing next to damaged mailboxes, Friday, Aug., 21, 2020, after the CZU Complex fire burned through this week. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The county’s parks already were closed. (I honesty don’t think I’ve taken a better photo of lightning) #CAwx #CAstorms #thunderstorm pic.twitter.com/PNT3m0IeVH, — Antonio Maffei (@AMaffeiWX) August 16, 2020, Anvil crawlers in the #SanFrancisco Bay region.
“Normally, that would make the temperatures go up again, but I think the smoke may actually mitigate it,” she said. This photo does not do it justice. pic.twitter.com/sfP3jScCZX, Lucky shot of the lightning from the massive summer storm.#Lightning #thunderstorm #BayArea #eastbay #unioncity #fremont pic.twitter.com/PhfzhQcXvx, Bay Area lightening. Throughout the weekend, many areas of the state saw triple-digit temperatures, and the combination of prolonged heat and smoke from wildfires sent ozone pollution to levels not seen in a decade in some areas. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group), HEALDSBURG, CA - AUGUST 21: Remains of a house destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Wallace Creek Road in Healdsburg, Calif., on Friday, Aug., 21, 2020. #WeatheringWithYou #SundayMorning #California #lightning https://t.co/gVCwCIw9a9, — Blake Naftel (@BlakeNaftel) August 16, 2020, Even the Back of the Storm has a kick.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 16: Lightning appears to drop from the span of Bay Bridge as a storm sweeps across the San Francisco Bay Area, Sunday morning, Aug., 16, 2020. Cal Fire spokeswoman Heather Williams said the agency, is bracing for lightning starting Sunday night. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), BONNY DOON, CA - AUGUST 21: Friday morning, Aug., 21, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif., by the CZU Complex fire. After the storms pass, the forecast calls for sunny and hot weather, with highs in the mid-90s in San Jose and near 80 in San Francisco. Firefighters scrambled to contain multiple blazes, sparked by widespread lightning strikes throughout the region, as a statewide heatwave continues. In Monterey County, the River Fire grew to 2,800 acres, with five homes destroyed and 1,500 structures threatened on Monday morning. The smoke continued to be particularly dense in the central Bay Area.
All rights reserved. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group), FELTON, CA -AUGUST 21: FELTON, CA -AUGUST 21: Fire engines drive down Graham Hill Road as the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burns in the mountains of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties in Felton, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. CLICK HERE FOR MORE WEATHER COVERAGE FROM FOX NEWS. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group), HEALDSBURG, CA - AUGUST 21: Remains of a house destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Wallace creek Road in Healdsburg, Calif., on Friday, Aug., 21, 2020. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Bay Area cities closer to the water were expected to have temperatures in the 70s and 80s, she said. “But that’s really the safest thing to do.”. Smoke from a vegetation fire caused by a lightning strike rises into the sky as seen from Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. "It's fairly unusual. BLISTERING HEAT ROASTS WEST WITH WIDESPREAD STORMS. Rare summer thunderstorms that roared across Northern California early Sunday jolted residents across the region awake with vivid lightning and also sparked dozens of wildfires across the region. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group), HEALDSBURG, CA - AUGUST 21: A DC-10 air tanker dumps fire retardant on the ridges near Chemise Road as Cal Fire fighters and other fire departments continue to battle the LNU Lightning Complex fire in Healdsburg, Calif., on Friday, Aug., 21, 2020. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), Step leaders branch out from cloud to ground lightning strikes, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, as an early morning storm rips across the Santa Rosa plain near Healdsburg, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP), SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 16: Lightning appears to drop from the span of Bay Bridge as a storm sweeps across the San Francisco Bay Area, Sunday morning, Aug., 16, 2020.
Michelle Nisbet After a spectacular lightning show lit up the Bay Area Sunday, a second round of thunderstorms is in the forecast today as the atmosphere remains unstable and a … Craig Mole Photography/Courtesy Show More Show Less 2 of 3. “Erratic gusty winds” will add to the danger if new lightning strikes spark fires. “We could get some rain and thunderstorms, but I don’t know that it will be enough to help substantially with the fires,” meteorologist Cindy Palmer said. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group), BOULDER CREEK, CA - AUGUST 21: The remains of a burned down house in the Fallen Leaf neighborhood on Highway 236 are seen on Aug. 21, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif., as the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burns in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Any t-storms that occur will bring the potential for new fire starts, so a Fire Weather Watch has been issued. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group), BOULDER CREEK, CA - AUGUST 21: A fire hose is seen in front of a burned down house on Highway 236 on Aug. 21, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif., as the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burns in the Santa Cruz Mountains. “It’s going to be something that we keep an eye on, just as we did on these (previous) lightning strikes,” Williams said. The thermometer there wasn’t likely to get past 91 or 92 degrees, Palmer said. Air officials reminded residents that a Spare the Air alert remained in effect through Sunday, and in San Mateo County, city officials in Half Moon Bay said the county has closed all of its beaches through the weekend. The National Weather Service (NWS) said that more than 2,500 lightning strikes were recorded in the Bay Area and along the Central Coast, leaving a spectacular display in the sky. “It’s just because it’s so much and so thick.”. The weather outlook is “ugly,” Palmer said. "Nonstop continuous lightning" and gusty winds, combined with dry, hot air, is … (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group), A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell's Cove in Santa Cruz, California around 3 a.m. Sunday morning August 16, 2020. Follow him on Twitter @travfed, (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP), (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group), (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP), Lightning strikes believed to be the cause of multiple fires in California, excessive heat warnings and watches have been issued, Lake Fire forces evacuations, road closures near Los Angeles. #CAwx #Lightning pic.twitter.com/go4gcVOQk1, Anotha one#Lightning #BayArea #Oakland #ChickenToad pic.twitter.com/t1V1zdLcSR, — Jorge Ripstein (@FlashyTurnip) August 16, 2020, https://twitter.com/berlakathryn/status/1295020017163984896, A view of lightning over San Bruno Mountain in Daly City as the Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues in the Bay Area! (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group), HEALDSBURG, CA - AUGUST 21: Jennifer Higgins, left, and coworker Richard Butori of Lamber Bridge Winery, monitor the winery, behind them, as they look a the LNU Lightning Complex fire near Chemise Road in Healdsburg, Calif., on Friday, Aug., 21, 2020. All market data delayed 20 minutes. But the estimated 12,000 lightning strikes California saw last weekend, which led to about two-dozen major fires statewide this week, have badly strained firefighting resources. Forecasters said that moisture from an offshore tropical storm fueled the storms, which brought nonstop lightning strikes early Sunday, some of which ignited small fires and knocked out power across the San Francisco Bay Area. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas early Sunday, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region. Staff writers Nico Savidge, Jason Green and Erin Woo contributed to this story. Whether rain will help with battling the series of blazes remains another question.
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He was among many residents who have stayed to fight the CZU August Lightning Complex fire. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. The battle to bring dozens of Bay Area wildfires under control now faces the additional threat of more lightning on Sunday, forecasters said. Jane Tyska is an award-winning staff photojournalist, videojournalist, drone pilot and picture editor based out of Oakland, and has worked for the Bay Area News Group since 1997. “I haven’t seen lightning like that since I was a kid. It was quite an early morning sky show as a rare thunderstorm passed through the Bay Area. @KTVU Taken from MTZ. “We set up a containment line at the top of the hills so the fire doesn't spill over to the other side and cause it to spread, but it was obviously difficult given the erratic wind and some other conditions," fire spokesman Jake Miller told the Associated Press.
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