The rare lightning storm that went through the Bay Area on Aug. 16 sparked blazes that disrupted and changed lives.
The weather system sparked the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in the North Bay that has charred more than 375,000 acres. It ignited the SCU Lightning Complex fire in Alameda and Santa Clara counties that has burned close to 400,000 acres. It set the blaze that became the CZU Lightning Complex Fire that burned more than 86,000 acres.
The interactive photo gallery below shows how those fires changed the landscape. By moving the slider left and right, you can see a before and after of the inferno and get an idea of the scope of the blaze.
The images were taken from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat website. It uses observation satellites that continuously captures images of the Earth’s surface.
LNU COMPLEX FIRE IN THE NORTH BAY
CZU COMPLEX FIRE ON THE PENINSULA
SCU COMPLEX FIRE EAST OF SAN JOSE AND GILROY
SCU AND LNU COMPLEX FIRES
THREE FIRES FROM THE BAY AREA
Source: Orange County Register