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San Francisco blanketed in smoke as ‘lightning siege’ sparks hundreds of wildfires – ABC News

Thousands of people are ordered to evacuate as nearly 11,000 lightning strikes hit California in 72 hours, sparking hundreds of fires as the state suffers a record heat wave, authorities say.

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Lightning strikes have sparked wildfires in northern California’s wine country, burning dozens of structures and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
Key points:

  • Fire crews are stretched thin throughout California
  • In San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, about 22,000 people were ordered to evacuate
  • Devastating fires across northern California in 2017 killed 44

California was hit by nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours, sparking 367 fires, near…

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