Firefighters shared a glimpse into the hellish conditions of the CZU Lightning Complex fires burning in California, video posted on Saturday, August 22, shows.
This video, posted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), shows a first-person perspective of a driver navigating a roadway engulfed by flames on either side. CAL FIRE said the footage was filmed on Tuesday while firefighters drove down State Route 236 in Santa Cruz County.
The CZU Lightning Complex includes a series of lightning-induced fires that have been burning in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. Reports said the fires have collectively burned 71,000 acres and were eight percent contained as of Sunday morning.
Thunderstorms were forecast to affect the region on Sunday and Monday, with lightning threatening to spark new fires, the National Weather Service said. Credit: CAL FIRE CZU via Storyful