According to reports from the firefighters, a brush fire that was taking place on the Pleasanton Ridge in the afternoon on Thursday caused two people to sustain critical injuries. At approximately 2:00 p.m., in the afternoon, the 4500 block of River Rock Hill Road was the location where the first reports of flames were made. According to the police authorities, everyone who is in the vicinity of Golden Eagle is required to immediately leave the area. Residents living in the vicinity of Kilkare Road in Sunol were also required to leave their homes after the Alameda County Fire Department issued an evacuation order for the area. According to nbcbayarea.com.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., in the evening, a call for residents of Castlewood Drive to immediately evacuate the area was broadcast. However, as of 8:46 p.m., Cal Fire reported that the evacuation orders have been terminated. According to the law enforcement agent, following a water drop operation, a firefighter reportedly sustained injuries after being hit by a falling tree. This information was provided by Fremont fire. They also mentioned that the firefighter had been discharged from the hospital earlier on Thursday evening and that it is anticipated that he will be fine.
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Countless fires broke out in California after thousands of lightning strikes
Most of the fires that have been reported in California have been contained or are close to being contained, but it is still possible that some of the 50,000+ lightning strikes on Wednesday and Thursday could have started undetected very small, and smoldering fires. Because of the rain that accompanied the lightning strikes in some areas, the high relative humidity, and the fact that it is still fairly early in the fire season before fuel moistures drop to critical levels, there were not many massive fires in the wake of the lightning. The Thunder Fire, located just west of the Grapevine on northbound Interstate 5 near Frazier Park, has been the largest so far.
Captain Andrew Freeborn of the Kern County Fire Department speculated that lightning was to blame, though an official report on the cause has not been made public. On Friday morning, the area covered 2,466 acres, and 311 people were assigned to it. The Romero Fire was first reported on Thursday around 2:00 p.m. in Merced County, five miles south of Santa Nella and Highway 152. It is completely contained and has burned 422 acres of grass as of Friday morning. The reason why has not been disclosed at this time. Five other fires in the Bay Area have burned 26 to 522 acres, but firefighters have contained them.
CAL FIRE reported 33 fires, county and local 14 fires, and USFS 6 fires in Southern California on Thursday. Lightning may have caused some of these. As monsoonal moisture moved through Southern California on Wednesday, 50,000 lightning strikes started wildfires and killed a woman and her two dogs in Pico Rivera. Multiple lightning-caused fires were contained in Southern California. The Thunder Fire east of Interstate 5 near the Grapevine north of Frazier Park is under investigation, but lightning is suspected. At 6:45 a.m. Thursday, the Department reported burning 2,300 acres with 250 workers. Night-flying helicopters helped firefighters battle small fires in Angeles National Forest.
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