Large wildfires ravage parts of California, threatening the homes and lives of many residents in the northern half of the state.
The surge in fires has been especially brutal, even for California – a state historically known as a hotbed. Two fire complexes emerged as the
second- and third-largest in state history, while the total number of wildfires stands at more than 650 over the past week.
At least seven people have died and nearly a quarter of a million people were under evacuation orders or warnings by Monday morning.
Lightning strikes sparked all three of the major fire complexes surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. California fires: This is how a lightning storm can start a wildfire
Officials surveying maps at command centers are astonished by the sheer size of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in wine country north of San Francisco and the SCU Lightning Complex southeast of the city, Cal Fire spokesman Brice Bennett said.
“You could overlay half of one of these fires, and it covers the entire city of San Francisco,” Bennett said Sunday.
What we know Monday: Massive wildfires scorch California as threat of lightning igniting more blazes looms
Here's a look at how the fires have scorched parts of California.
Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex Fire burn in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Aug. 18. The blaze destroyed multiple homes near Lake Berryessa. Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex Fire consume a home in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Aug. 19. Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex Fire jump Interstate 80 in Vacaville, Calif., Aug. 19. A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex Fire spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Aug. 21. The blaze forced thousands to flee and destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures. Docked boats burn on Lake Berryessa during the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Napa, Calif., on Aug. 19. Bill Nichols, 84, works to save his home as the LNU Lightning Complex Fire tears through Vacaville, Calif., on Aug. 19. Nichols has lived in the home for 77 years. A massive column of smoke rises above Highway 1 just north of the Santa Cruz County line as a section of the CZU August Lightning Complex burns above Waddell Beach on Aug. 19, northwest of Santa Cruz, Calif. Embers burn along a hillside as the LNU Lightning Complex Fire tears through unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Aug. 18. A C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) drops retardant ahead of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire on Aug. 20 in Healdsburg, Calif. Inmate firefighters rest during a break from battling the River Fire in Salinas, Calif., on Aug. 17. Alyssa Medina looks over the charred remains of her family home during the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Vacaville, Calif., on Aug. 23. Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing family members at the burned remains of their home during the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Vacaville, Calif., on Aug. 23. Peter Koleckar is overwhelmed by the sight of multiple homes burned in his neighborhood after the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire passed through Aug. 20 in Bonny Doon, Calif. Katie Giannuzzi is elated to find her cat Gus in a drain amid the burned remains of her home during the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Vacaville, Calif., on Aug. 23. Vehicles and homes have been burned in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in Boulder Creek, Calif. Residents sit next to a vineyard as they watch the LNU Lightning Complex Fire burn in nearby hills on Aug. 20 in Healdsburg, Calif. Contributing: Martha Mendoza and Frank Baker, The Associated Press Police shooting of Jacob Blake: Protests erupt, Wisconsin DOJ to investigate This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: California wildfire damage: Photos show homes, vineyard, boats on fire