SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF)– An uncommon August serious storm system rolled through the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.
The National Weather Service on Sunday extended a red flag fire alerting for the entire Bay Area until 11 a.m. Monday morning.
” Any lightning strikes will likely lead to new fire begins given the present heat wave,” forecasters alerted. “A secondary pulse of moisture and instability gets here later Sunday into early Monday.”

@CALFIREBEU & & Monterey County Regional Fire District fighting ~ 10 acre fire in Pine Canyon, ~ 5 miles south of Salinas (Monterey County) #RiverFire
— CAL FIRE BEU (@CALFIREBEU) August 16, 2020

#ArroyoFire (South Livermore) Firefighters are aggressively assaulting the fire and it is holding at 50 acres and at 50% containment. Comprehensive mop up due to a Eucalyptus grove. @calfireSCU @AlamedaCoFire @LP_FIRE1974
— CAL FIRE SCU (@calfireSCU) August 16, 2020

The Sonoma County Sheriffs Department notified that “law Enforcement and fire personnel are getting numerous calls for service including downed trees and powerlines. A couple of area fires within the county have also been reported.”
In Contra Costa County, there were a number of fires in the area of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek roads near Mt. Diablo State Park. Officials stated the fires were putting out a great deal of smoke. Systems from Cal Fire, the Contra Costa County Fire ProtectionDistrict and San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District were among those who responded.
In Santa Clara County, fire officials said downed power lines stimulated a fire in an unincorporated location on Brush Road near state Highway 17 that started prior to 3 a.m. and required the evacuation of 20 citizens. It was consisted of by 6 a.m. after burning a little more than an acre.
In the South Bay near Salinas, firefighters were fighting a growing 10-acre blaze in Pine Canyon.

Sunday morning. The storm came as the region has actually been locked into a sweltering heat wave.
Record temperature levels again fell across the area on Saturday and the early morning rains would only supply a quick respite. Forecasters anticipated another 4 days of temperature levels in the triple digits in the inland locations. It was dangerously hot for numerous in the Bay Area, some even broke their record high for today. Make sure you stay safe and weather condition
mindful! #CAwx– NWS Bay Area( @NWSBayArea) August 16, 2020

By 6:35 a.m, Calfire reported that firemens were strongly attacking the 2-alarm Arroyo fire, being sustained an Eucalyptus grove, and holding it at 50 acres and with 50% containment.

Bay Area firemens were busy as the storm moved through.
PG&E web cams caught images of a rather big wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains at around 5:30 a.m. Additional strike teams were rushed to the area by 6 a.m. with high winds spreading out the fire and threatening structures. Air assistance was asked for to start at daytime.

@nbcbayarea remarkable show down here in Redwood City #lightning
— monietenbroeck (@monietenbroeck) August 16, 2020

Calfire sent out crews to a lightning cause fire in the area of 20730 Brush Road in Redwood Estates Area that at first threatened homes and forced some evacuations before forward development was stopped around 4 a.m. Another wildfire emerged near Highway 1 north of Davenport and had actually grown to 3 acres.
Crews were likewise dispatched to battle a growing plant life fire in the area of 5201 Arroyo Road in Livermore.

The intensity of the storm system activated an extreme thunderstorm caution for the entire San Francisco Bay Area as local citizens were awakened by the holler of thunder. The warning for Contra Costa, Alameda, Napa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties was extended till 8 a.m
. The weather condition service likewise issued an unique marine warning for the waters of San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun Bays and the west Delta.
At 5:30 a.m., weather condition service radar was revealing that “regular lightning still persists around the BayArea and the CentralCoast, as new storms are shooting over the ocean and moving toward the San Mateo Peninsula.”

Rare thunder and lightning storm over the SF Bay Area.
— Paul Robbins Holland (@paulrholland) August 16, 2020

Marin County working numerous little lighting fires. No existing evacuations orders or cautions in Marin County.
— Marin County Fire (@marincountyfire) August 16, 2020

Lightning strikes two times over the San Francisco Bay at dawn. #thunderstorm #storm #Lightning
— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) August 16, 2020

Summer Season in San Francisco #Lightning #SundayMorning #BayArea
— Kayla Chan (@kayylachan) August 16, 2020
— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) August 16, 2020

Marin County working numerous small lighting fires. #ArroyoFire (South Livermore) Firefighters are aggressively attacking the fire and it is holding at 50 acres and at 50% containment. In Contra Costa County, there were several fires in the area of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek roadways near Mt. Diablo State Park. Authorities stated the fires were putting out a lot of smoke. Systems from Cal Fire, the Contra Costa County Fire ProtectionDistrict and San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District were amongst those who reacted.

around 4am in SF today:O #sanfrancisco #lightning #lightningstorm
They also published on Twitter an image of an enormous, unusual” roll cloud” along the Santa Cruz Coast soon before 3 a.m. An enormous fast-moving apparent “Roll Cloud “impacted the Santa Cruz Coast shortly before 3 a.m.

Marin County Fire reported at 4:15 a.m. that its teams were “reacting to numerous lightning strikes in the location of King Mountain and San Geronimo and throughout the county. No existing evacuation orders or cautions in location.”
Downed PG&E lines had set off power interruptions from neighborhoods in San Rafael all the method into western Marin County. Fire crews had the ability to rapidly contained a plants fire burning on the ridges on the Zig Zag Trail.
Smoke was likewise seen from a small fire on Mt. Tam.

Wildfire detected near Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz mtns:
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 16, 2020

Bay Area citizens took to social networks with impressive pictures of the storm.

Wild lightning tonight along the coast, as seen from Pacifica, CA. #CAwx @NWSBayArea
— Jeff (@Negative_Tilt) August 16, 2020


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