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Full containment of CZU Lightning Complex wildfire is expected Sunday

Cal Fire said late Thursday evening that the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, which began burning in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties a month ago and is among the Bay Area's three largest wildfires since that time, is nearing full containment.

As of Thursday evening, Sept. 17, the fire is 97% contained. Cal Fire officials said full containment is expected by 8 p.m. Sunday.

The fire, holding at 86,509 acres, destroyed 925 homes and damaged an additional 90 residences.

There is minimal fire throughout the fire zone, according to Cal Fire. Crews continue to mop up and control hot spots in the fire zone.

The other Bay Area wildfires, the SCU and LNU lightning complex fires, grew to become the third- and fourth-largest wildfires in California history.

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Full containment of CZU Lightning Complex wildfire is expected Sunday

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Cal Fire said late Thursday evening that the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, which began burning in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties a month ago and is among the Bay Area's three largest wildfires since that time, is nearing full containment.

As of Thursday evening, Sept. 17, the fire is 97% contained. Cal Fire officials said full containment is expected by 8 p.m. Sunday.

The fire, holding at 86,509 acres, destroyed 925 homes and damaged an additional 90 residences.

There is minimal fire throughout the fire zone, according to Cal Fire. Crews continue to mop up and control hot spots in the fire zone.

The other Bay Area wildfires, the SCU and LNU lightning complex fires, grew to become the third- and fourth-largest wildfires in California history.

— Bay City News Service

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Dan Waylonis
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Jackson Park
on Sep 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm
Dan Waylonis, Jackson Park
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That’s great news. Hopefully CA can adjust CEQA and other regulations to have more frequent prescribed burns in the future.


Steven Goldstein
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Old Mountain View
on Sep 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
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on Sep 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm
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Dan,

Look at the maps and see that the forest fires are on land managed by the Federal land management.

Please read the news from NBC found here (Web Link)

The fact is some prescribed burns are not allowed because of the resulting pollution to rivers and lakes that would significantly damage fish which are likely endangered or better yet are the means that tourists visit the areas. Also, many places depend on that same water for the humans to drink and use.

Dan you always think it is so simple, but if you do any reading, you might find it isn't at all.

I agree we need to invest a lot more on management, but it is not as simple as "prescribed" burns alone. I do think for example that maybe more cutting down of trees in the right places will also help. That wood could be used constructively and not just become ash. The optimum solution is simply not easy, but I also believe we CAN get it done. But the Climate Change has given us a more difficult task and a short time line.


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