wildfire evacuations

Steve Palumbi

 


Wildfire season is off to a record-breaking start in California, and the recovery will be a long process, especially for the hundreds of people on the Central Coast and throughout the state who have lost their homes.

CZU Lightning Complex Fire Santa Cruz evacuees
Hannah Hagemann

Progress is being made on the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burning in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. The fire is now 19% percent contained after burning over 80,100 acres, as of Wednesday morning. KAZU’s Hannah Hagemann is covering the fire, which has burned over 520 structures in Santa Cruz County so far. She spoke with KAZU’s Doug McKnight on Tuesday.

CZU Lightning Complex Fire Santa Cruz
CHP Santa Cruz

Wildfires have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate across the Central Coast. Law enforcement officers are working overtime to protect the homes and businesses they left behind. In hard hit Santa Cruz County, looting has led multiple arrests.

Carmel Fire—In Carmel Valley

Aug 22, 2020
SPCA Monterey County

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This page includes resources for those affected by the Carmel Fire.

The Carmel Fire broke out on August 18. It is fully contained. 

CZU Lightning Complex Fire—Santa Cruz County

Aug 22, 2020
CZU Lightning Complex Fire Santa Cruz
Cal Fire

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This page includes resources for communities affected by the CZU Lightning Complex.

The CZU Lightning Complex Fire broke out on August 16 and burned over 86,500 acres. Firefighters fully contained the blaze on Tuesday, September 22.

The fire destroyed over 900 homes in Santa Cruz County and over a dozen in San Mateo County.

River Fire—Near Salinas

Aug 22, 2020
River Fire Salinas California
Dave Beck

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This page includes resources for those affected by the River Fire.

The River Fire broke out on August 16. It  has been fully contained.

Dolan Fire—Big Sur

Aug 22, 2020
Dolan Fire Big Sur California
Jeff Gillentte / A firefighter from Pennsylvania monitors the Dolan Fire

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This page includes resources for those affected by the Dolan Fire. 

The Dolan Fire is burning south of Big Sur and into the Ventana Wilderness. It broke out on August 18 and has burned over 128,000 acres.

For the latest information on fire activity, size and containment, see the Los Padres National Forest Service incident page.

Erika Mahoney

Carmel Valley has known wildfire risks: steep terrain, seasonally dry brush and lots of open space. It also has limited evacuation routes.