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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Update on August Lightning Complex Fires

UPDATED 08/19/20 @ 1600 hrs:

Aptos/La Selva FPD and Central FPD continue to closely monitor the fires burning in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties known as the CZU Lightning Complex, as well as fires burning in eastern Santa Clara County, known as the SCU Lightning Complex.

Our combined Districts have staffed six fire engines to the CZU Complex, as well as additional overhead personnel to the CZU Complex and Loyalton fires. We will continue to proactively staff for the near future.

There are currently no evacuations and no threat to residents in the Aptos/La Selva or Central Fire Protection District coverage area.

CZU Lightning Complex                                                                                                              

Numerous fires in northern Santa Cruz and southern San Mateo Counties. As of 2 PM on 8/19/20, the CZU August Lightning Complex has burned 10,000 acres, and is 0% contained.

CalFIRE strongly encourages following social media pages for further info, as the main website and phone lines have received a high amount of traffic, and are experiencing some difficulties.

Evacuations extend to Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35), near the Santa Clara County line:

Information Line: 831-335-6717

Incident website:


Instagram: @CALFIRE_CZU

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SCU Lightning Complex                                                                                                              

20 separate fires broken into 3 zones burning in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. As of 3:12 PM on 8/19/20, the complex has burned 85,000 acres and is 5% contained.

Evacuations in Santa Clara County include a number of areas in the eastern part of the county.

Information Line: 669-247-7431

Incident website:


Instagram: @CALFIRE_SCU

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Additional Resources for Residents

Live evacuation map:

Red Cross hotline (for accommodations for evacuees only, not for fire info): 1-866-272-2237

Santa Cruz County Human Services benefits hotline:  1-888-421-8080 (toll free). Residents impacted by the fire who are enrolled in benefits programs may be eligible for replacement benefits.

Shelters are open to county residents. Pets can come, but we are requesting them to be under owner’s control – bringing a carrier not a bad idea. Let staff at shelters know if there are special needs. Behavioral Health on site for support. Food is being worked on. Sites are Santa Cruz Civic and County Fairgrounds – call the Red Cross hotline or just show up. We are nearing capacity and are working on expanding shelter recourses.

List your family as “Safe and Well at: Currently, there is no family reunification system in place.

Santa Cruz County advises folks not to donate durable goods and food during disasters. However, they are taking contributions of large, family-sized tents at the Emeline Warehouse, 1082 Emeline in Santa Cruz (rear of the property behind 1080 Clinic – there will a drop box/center soon).

Air Quality Reports available via the Monterey Bay Air Resource District at:

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