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SCU Lightning Complex: All evacuation orders lifted for San Joaquin County – KCRA Sacramento

Fire crews continue to fight a massive group of wildfires burning in the Central Valley and Bay Area, which is still threatening thousands of homes. RELATED | Interactive map of wildfires currently burningThe 20 wildfires, the first of which ignited around 4 a.m. Aug. 16, have burned about 383,157 acres with 60% containment as of Monday morning, according to Cal Fire. The wildfires, called the SCU Lightning Complex, are located in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and San Benito counties.Last week, the fires merged into one major blaze. The SCU Lightning Complex is now the second largest wildfire incident in California history, burning just slightly more than the LNU Lightning Complex currently burning in five NorCal counties and charring significantly more acreage than the Thomas Fire that consumed 281,893 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in December 2017, according to Cal Fire records.Three first responders and two civilians were hurt in the fires, Cal Fire said. California had secured a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to help make sure enough resources are available to suppress the fires.EVACUATIONS IN PLACEThe wildfires are threatening more than 20,000 homes and buildings, Cal Fire said. More than 100 structures have been destroyed and 18 others have been damaged. On Monday, Cal Fire said that all evacuation orders and warnings for San Joaquin County had been lifted.Click here up-to-date evacuation order information. BATTLING THE FIRE Cal Fire said Monday morning that winds remained light overnight. A warming and drying trend is forecast. “The long-range forecast calls for hot and dry weather this week and through the Labor Day weekend. Today, crews will continue to scout for safe access points in order to construct direct and indirect fire line using firing operations to control the fire,” Cal Fire said in its latest incident report. Cal Fire SCU Lightning Complex Incident Commander Jeff Ike said last week that crews were not only fighting fires in seven counties but are also handling evacuations and repopulation in seven counties.”As a firefighter that’s been in the business for 27 years, this is the most complex in my career — and not only my career, the career of many,” Ike said. “I assure you, we stand together and we will get through this. But, I want to be right up front … we are in for the long haul. We’ll stand together, and we will get through this.”Helicopters and air tankers are making drops in the more active parts of the wildfire. More than 1,900 fire personnel are fighting the fires with help from helicopters and dozers. This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

Fire crews continue to fight a massive group of wildfires burning in the Central Valley and Bay Area, which is still threatening thousands of homes.

RELATED | Interactive map of wildfires currently burning

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The 20 wildfires, the first of which ignited around 4 a.m. Aug. 16, have burned about 383,157 acres with 60% containment as of Monday morning, according to Cal Fire. The wildfires, called the SCU Lightning Complex, are located in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and San Benito counties.

Last week, the fires merged into one major blaze.

The SCU Lightning Complex is now the second largest wildfire incident in California history, burning just slightly more than the LNU Lightning Complex currently burning in five NorCal counties and charring significantly more acreage than the Thomas Fire that consumed 281,893 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in December 2017, according to Cal Fire records.

Three first responders and two civilians were hurt in the fires, Cal Fire said.

California had secured a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to help make sure enough resources are available to suppress the fires.

EVACUATIONS IN PLACE

The wildfires are threatening more than 20,000 homes and buildings, Cal Fire said. More than 100 structures have been destroyed and 18 others have been damaged.

On Monday, Cal Fire said that all evacuation orders and warnings for San Joaquin County had been lifted.

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Click here up-to-date evacuation order information.

BATTLING THE FIRE

Cal Fire said Monday morning that winds remained light overnight. A warming and drying trend is forecast.

“The long-range forecast calls for hot and dry weather this week and through the Labor Day weekend. Today, crews will continue to scout for safe access points in order to construct direct and indirect fire line using firing operations to control the fire,” Cal Fire said in its latest incident report.

Cal Fire SCU Lightning Complex Incident Commander Jeff Ike said last week that crews were not only fighting fires in seven counties but are also handling evacuations and repopulation in seven counties.

“As a firefighter that’s been in the business for 27 years, this is the most complex in my career — and not only my career, the career of many,” Ike said. “I assure you, we stand together and we will get through this. But, I want to be right up front … we are in for the long haul. We’ll stand together, and we will get through this.”

Helicopters and air tankers are making drops in the more active parts of the wildfire.

More than 1,900 fire personnel are fighting the fires with help from helicopters and dozers.

This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.