Thousands of lightning strikes have caused 36 separate fires in the US state of California.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, according to Reuters. Hundreds of lightning strikes on Wednesday set many homes on fire, and a firefighter’s helicopter crashed, killing one pilot. This is the highest number of lightning strikes in California in more than a decade, authorities said.
A spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Calfire), Will Powers, said the LNU complex was engulfed in flames on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. At least 50 homes and other structures were destroyed and another 50 were damaged, Calfire said.About 11,000 lightning strikes have been recorded in California this week over a 72-hour period.
There have been 36 separate fires; About two dozen of these fires have turned into major fires.