LIVE UPDATES: Lightning Fires Consume More Than a Million Acres Across California

3:45pm: Map quest.

Mark Tukman, who runs a digital mapping and geospatial analysis firm in Santa Rosa, created a map of current fires, Cal Fire facilities and real-time weather. Click here to see.

3:40pm: Over and out.

Click here to listen for SCU Complex updates on the scanner.

3:30pm: Here we go again.

Dry lightning is still in the forecast for Sunday.

3pm: Barn burner.

SJFD managed to quell the fire before nightfall. (Photo by Robert Eliason)

A series of brush fires along Coyote Creek north of Morgan Hill Friday afternoon burned about 40 acres and two small structures, according to authorities.

The cause of the fires is under investigation, San Jose fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said at the scene Friday. The fires are unrelated to the SCU Complex, a cluster of blaze burning in the eastern expanse of Santa Clara County and on through the Central Valley.

A total of three fires started Friday afternoon along Coyote Creek, between Highway 101 and the 9500 block of Monterey Road, Matlow said. About 100 firefighters responded to the flames, and remained at the scene overnight to ensure that embers didn’t spread.

A Cal Fire helicopter was seen picking up water from a small lake in the area and dropping it on the fires north of Morgan Hill.

No injuries were reported in relation to the Coyote Creek fires.

Two structures—a barn and outbuilding—were destroyed.

11am: Mayor, fire chief field questions.

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Posted by Sam Liccardo on Saturday, August 22, 2020

With a map of the wildfires projected on screen, Mayor Sam Liccardo and SJFD Chief Robert Sapien gave residents an update about the status of the lightning complex blazes still expanding on either side of San Jose. Some takeaways?

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