Fires burn more than 50,000 acres in Northern California and the Central Valley

Flames consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County.
Flames consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County as the Hennessey Fire burns Tuesday.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)

Crews on Tuesday battled fires that burned more than 50,000 acres across seven counties in Northern California and the Central Valley.

The SCU Lightning Complex, made up of about 20 fires, began early Sunday and involves areas of Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials. It was 0% contained as of Tuesday afternoon.

“These fires continue to burn in deep, inaccessible terrain and with our low humidity and our high daytime temperatures, it’s making the crews’ job very tough to fight this fire,” said Cal Fire spokesman Jason Nailon.

Officials have issued evacuation orders for the following areas:

Alameda County / Stanislaus County:

  • Frank Raines Park to Mines Road
  • Del Puerto Canyon Road to Mines Road

Alameda County:

  • Welch Creek Road

Contra Costa County:

  • Marsh Creek Road and Round Valley to Morgan Territory
  • All of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek mobile home park

Road closures include Marsh Creek Road between Morgan Territory Road and Deer Valley Road, as well as Del Puerto Canyon Road between Mines Road and Diablo Grande Parkway.

Firefighters in Northern California also responded to the LNU Lightning Complex, where fires had burned more than 32,000 acres by Tuesday night.

The incident includes five fires in Napa County and two fires in Sonoma County. All were 0% contained as of 8 p.m. At least 1,900 structures are threatened and three have been destroyed.

Evacuation orders have been issued for both counties and an evacuation center has been established at Crosswalk Community Church at 2590 First Street in Napa.