3:45pm: Map quest.
Fire Webmap - Current fires, VIIRS, MODIS, Calfire facilities, real time weather:https://t.co/5i684GvXwp
— Mark Tukman (@tukmangeo) August 20, 2020
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.
CAL FIRE is monitoring weather conditions closely as a new thunderstorm system is expected to bring dry lightning and gusty winds starting Sunday morning. The storm is expected to last several days, elevating fire danger in many parts of northern CA. pic.twitter.com/eRkinLSHha
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 22, 2020
Dry lightning is still in the forecast for Sunday.
3pm: Barn burner.
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.
LIVE NOW: I'm joined by Fire Chief Sapien to answer fire safety questions from the comments to connect families with resources, including the City of San José's hotel partnership "San José Cares." - Stay informed (map: bit.ly/SCU_FireEvacMap)- Get prepared for rapidly changing conditions (readyforwildfire.org) - Sign up for alerts here: bit.ly/AlertSCC_Signup.For more community updates and COVID support visit siliconvalleystrong.org
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?
- Stay up-to-date using the agency's fire evacuation map.
- Be prepared to evacuate by following the tips from Cal Fire.
- Sign up for text and email alerts related to the fire on the county's website.