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CZU Lightning Complex grows to 63,000 acres overnight, destroys 97 structures

The CZU August Lightning Complex of fires burning in southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Cruz County had expanded to 63,000 acres overnight and was 5 percent contained Saturday morning, Cal Fire said.

The five fires in the complex have destroyed 97 structures and are threatening 24,323 more. Two first responders have been injured in the blazes, which were sparked by lightning early Sunday morning.

Cal Fire said Saturday that an estimated 77,000 residents of the area have been evacuated due to the fires.

Cal Fire CZU August Lightning Complex evacuation map as of the morning of Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.

People who need help rescuing pets can call (831) 471-1182.

More information on fire updates and evacuations for the CZU Complex fires can be found here.

To list yourself safe, go to to click “List Yourself as Safe and Well.”

Anyone with questions about accommodations for evacuees can call the Red Cross at (866) 272-2231.

To sign up for Cal Fire email updates register at Cal Fire can also be reached at (831) 335-6717.

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