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California fires 2020: Homes burn, thousands evacuated

California is used to wildfires. But the Golden State’s 2020 wildfire season is shaping up to be particularly brutal. A blistering heat wave has only fueled dozens of simultaneous fires — a condition that has spurred Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide state of emergency.Tens of thousands of people evacuated. Businesses in noted wine-growing…

California fires 2020: Homes burn, thousands evacuated

California is used to wildfires. But the Golden State’s 2020 wildfire season is shaping up to be particularly brutal. A blistering heat wave has only fueled dozens of simultaneous fires — a condition that has spurred Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide state of emergency.Tens of thousands of people evacuated. Businesses in noted wine-growing areas, including Napa Valley, were also under threat. Here, and American flag blows in front of a burning home in Vacaville, California during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19, 2020. Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

A fire whirl shoots into the sky as flames from the Hog Fire jump Highway 36, about 5 miles from Susanville, California, on July 20, 2020. The fire created its own weather, generating lightning, thunder, rain and fire whirls out of a huge ash plume towering above. The Lassen County Sheriff’s office issued a mandatory evacuation order for the area.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/Getty Images

Bill Nichols, 84, works to save his home as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tore through Vacaville, California, on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Nichols has lived in the home for 77 years.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

A car burns while parked at a residence in Vacaville, California during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19, 2020. Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

A hare jumps over a fire line as flames rage through the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California during the Hennessey Fire on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/Getty Images

A bicycle and palm tree burn at a residence during the LNU Lightning Complex fire in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California on August 18, 2020. Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

A plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County as the Hennessey Fire burns on August 18, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of blazes sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Firefighter Ian Johnson watches as an air tanker drops retardant to keep the River Fire from reaching a home in Salinas, California, on August 17, 2020.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

A horse walks towards flames as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Vacaville, California, on August 19, 2020.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn in unincorporated Napa County, California, on August 18, 2020. The blaze went on to destroy multiple homes near Lake Berryessa.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Seen in a long-exposure photograph, embers burn along a hillside as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through unincorporated Napa County, California, on August 18, 2020.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Matt Nichols sprays water while trying to save his home as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Vacaville, California, on August 19, 2020.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Burned vehicles rest beneath a tree after the LNU Lightning Complex fires tore through Vacaville on August 19, 2020. Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Bill Nichols extinguishes a burning tree as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Vacaville, California, on August 19, 2020.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

An outbuilding burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat area of unincorporated Napa County on August 18, 2020. Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Jerry Kuny makes a phone call as flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires approach on August 18, 2020, in Napa County, California. The blaze went on to destroy multiple homes near Lake Berryessa.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

A home in the Sky Ranch community burns in the Carmel Fire near Carmel Valley, California, on August18, 2020. Credit: Nic Coury / AP

An inmate firefighter rests during a break from battling the River Fire in Salinas, California, on August 17, 2020.  Credit: Noah Berger / AP

A tree stump keeps burning as hail falls directly on the Hog Fire, covering the ground, near Susanville, California, on July 21, 2020. A thunderstorm, mixed with a pyrocumulus ash column from the fire, brought with it erratic winds and lightning before evolving into a hail storm that extinguished a portion of the fire.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Flames rip through trees as the Hog Fire jumps Highway 36, about 5 miles from Susanville, California on July 20, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

In this long-exposure photograph, embers fly off a burning tree during the Hennessey Fire in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Hail covers a road in at a still-smoldering area of the Hog Fire near Susanville, California on July 21, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

An airplane makes a retardant drop over homes in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California during the Hennessey Fire on August 18, 2020. Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

A home burns in Vacaville, California during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19, 2020. Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

A fire truck drives through flames as the Hennessey Fire continues to rage out of control near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

In this long-exposure photograph, flames consumes both sides of a segment of Lake Berryessa during the Hennessey Fire in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

A truck drives past flames near Vacaville, in Northern California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

Homes are engulfed in flames in Vacaville, California during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

A car burns at a residence in the valley area of Vacaville, northern California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

A home burns in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California as flames rage on August 18, 2020. Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Horses are seen in a stall as flames from the Hennessey Fire approach a property in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

A home burns in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California as flames rage on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/Getty

An airplane drops fire retardant over homes in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California as flames rage through on August 18, 2020. Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

A palm tree and shrubs burn as flames approach a home as the Hennessey Fire continues to rage out of control near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California, on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

American flags wave in the wind as flames approach a boat rental shop in the Spanish Flat area of Napa, California, during the Hennessey Fire on August 18, 2020.  Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty

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