More than 1,000,000 acres of land have been scorched by upwards of 500 simultaneous wildfires in northern California over the past weeks. Major wildfires sparked by lightning strikes spread rapidly due to hot, dry conditions across much of the region.

Firefighting efforts have been complicated due to COVID-related budget and personnel shortfalls and the sheer mass of the fires, two of which are the largest in California in more than 90 years. Over 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, and air quality in the region is borderline hazardous. In addition, electric utility PG&E is cutting power in areas to avoid sparking dry vegetation, causing rolling blackouts in entire neighborhoods.

Global Guardian is standing by to support with evacuation preparation, "go-bag" assistance, power generators, and ongoing intelligence.



LNU Lightning Complex Fire

  • This group of lightning-caused fires is burning in Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties.
  • The fires are 351,817 acres in size and are 25 percent contained.
  • At least five people have been killed and four others have been injured.
  • Approximately 30,000 people have been evacuated.
  • Nearly 1,000 structures have been destroyed and 30,000 are at risk.

SCU Lightning Complex Fire

  • This is a group of lightning-caused wildfires in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties.

  • These fires remain ten percent contained and are now burning 347,196 acres.

  • Approximately 25,000 structures are currently threatened.

  • Five injuries have been reported.

CZU August Lightning Complex Fire

  • This is a group of lightning-caused wildfires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.

  • These fires are separate from the August Complex Fire, which is burning in the Mendocino National Forest.

  • This group of fires has burned 78,000 acres and is now 13 percent contained.

  • At least 77,000 people are under evacuation orders in the area.

  • At least 231 structures have been destroyed and 24,323 are currently threatened.

August Complex Fire

  • This combination of 20 fires was started by lightning in Mendocino, and has grown to over 180,000 acres.
  • The fire was 11 percent contained as of 24 August.
  • Evacuation orders included parts of Glenn County and the Mendocino National Forest.

River Fire

  • This fire has burned over 48,000 acres south of Salinas in Monterey County.
  • The fire was 22 percent contained as of 24 August.
  • It has forced more than 5,000 evacuations.


GeneratorIn response to these threats, Global Guardian is standing by to deploy helicopters, rescue boats, experienced security and medical personnel, generators, and communications gear – satellite telephones, Broadband Global Area Network (data/internet) – to support our clients in the affected areas.

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