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More than 14,000 firefighters continue to battle wildfires throughout California Sunday

Posted at 12:35 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 15:35:44-04

More than 14,000 firefighters are continuing to battle more than two dozen wildfires and lightning complexes throughout California on Sunday.

According to Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director for CAL FIRE, there have been almost 12,000 lightning strikes across the state since last Saturday.

Since then, more than 615 wildfires have ignited, which have burned more than 1.1 million acres so far, according to Berlant.

All current active fires across all jurisdictions in California have burned nearly 1.3 million acres as of Sunday, Berlant said.

More than 1,700 fire personnel are responding to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Napa County, which has grown to 341,243 acres with 17 percent containment.

Another major fire that CAL FIRE crews are responding to is the SCU Lightning Complex Fire burning in multiple areas across Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. The SCU Lightning Complex has burned nearly 340,000 acres and is 10 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE.

To see other wildfire incidents that CAL FIRE is responding to, visit CAL FIRE's website.