CZU Lightning Complex (Including Warnella Fire) Incident

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86,509 Acres


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Active for 37 days  

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2 Counties

Santa Cruz and San Mateo  

Last Updated10/21/22 1:32 PM
Date Started08/16/20 8:00 AM
Date Contained09/22/20 7:53PM
Location InformationVarious locations across San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
Lat/Long[37.17162, -122.22275]
Administrative UnitUnified Command Agencies: Santa Cruz Co. Sheriff’s Office, San Mateo Co. Sheriff’s Office, Felton Fire Protection District, Santa Cruz County Fire Department, San Mateo County Fire Department, Boulder Creek Fire Department, Ben Lomond Fire Protection District
ReportsClick here for prior status reports

Damages and Losses

Confirmed Damage to Property, Injuries, and Fatalities

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140 Structures Damaged

Residential, Commercial and Other

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1,490 Structures Destroyed

Residential, Commercial and Other

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1 Injury

Confirmed Fire Personnel and Civilian Injuries

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1 Fatality

Confirmed Fire Personnel and Civilian Fatalities

Contact Information

Information Line San Mateo County
Evacuation Map:
Santa Cruz Hotel Hotline
Email Updates (sign up):

Agency Information

CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE - Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, San Mateo’s County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Cruz County Fire Department, San Mateo County Fire Department

Resources Assigned

CAL FIRE owns and operates over 3,000 fire and emergency response and resource protection vehicles. In support of its ground forces, the CAL FIRE emergency response air program includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, 12 UH-1H Super Huey helicopters, 9 CALFIRE Hawks, and 16 OV-10A airtactical. From 13 air attack and 10 helitack bases located statewide, aircraft can reach most fires within 20 minutes.

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10 Engines

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4 Water Tenders

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81 Personnel