June Lightning Complex Fire strikes east Fresno County

The lightning storm earlier in the week has resulted in fires that have spread to over 7,000 acres.

Firefighters have contained part of the June Lightning Complex Fire in east Fresno County as of Wednesday morning. 

The fire started on Tuesday and consists of three large fires and several smaller fires east of the Sanger area. 

The big picture: The three large fires are called the Bolt, Flash and Hog Fires. 

  • The Bolt and Flash fires started closeby on Monday afternoon near Wonder Valley Ranch, while the Hog Fire started on Tuesday. 
  • CAL FIRE says the fires are 15 percent contained in total, although they have spread to over 7,000 acres. 

Go deeper: The Flash Fire, near Kings Canyon and Cove Road, covers 2,180 acres and is 15 percent contained. 

  • The Bolt Fire near Palomino and Elwood Road covers 4,556 acres and is 10 percent contained. 
  • The Hog Fire near Watts Valley and Hog Mountain Road is much smaller at 266 acres but is not contained at all. 
  • CAL FIRE has 288 people assigned to fight the blazes with 28 engines, eight dozers, four water tenders and 12 crews. 
  • There are also numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout California that are flying fire suppression missions. 

Evacuations: Evacuation orders have been issued for zones K73, K75 and K77 south of Elwood Road. 

  • Highway 180 is closed from Cove to Dunlap Road. 
  • There have also been evacuation warnings issued for zones K93, K72, K134 and K75 north of Elwood road, with officials warning residents to be prepared to leave. 
  • The Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at Reedley College for anyone displaced by the fires, where volunteers will provide shelter, water, meals and other resources to individuals and small pets. 
  • The Fresno Fairgrounds is also open for large animals. 
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