Further evacuations were ordered on August 20 for California’s Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas due to the CZU Lightning Complex growing to at least 48,000 acres, according to CAL FIRE.
In their release, CAL FIRE upgraded evacuation warnings for residents in Pescadero, San Gregorio, and La Honda to mandatory orders, urging residents to leave immediately.
Two fire responders have been injured, 50 structures have been destroyed and nearly 21,000 structures are under threat leading to 48,000 people being evacuated, CAL FIRE reported.
Video, uploaded by Twitter user @CDSMath, shows the devastation in the small town of Bonny Doon just north of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California. In the video, a person can be seen driving along the Empire Grade road just outside the town, as spots of fires continue to burn on the roadside, with trees, cars and properties completely burned. Credit: @CDSMath via Storyful