Hindered by high winds, dry air and triple-digit temperatures, fire crews on Tuesday continued to fight a string of lightning-sparked brush fires that started Sunday in rural stretches of the eastern and northern Bay Area.
In the East Bay, a cluster of 20 separate lightning-sparked fires dubbed the SCU Lightning Complex threatened about 1,400 structures in rugged terrain with dense brush.
Those fires — including the Deer Zone and Marsh fires — in Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties had burned 85,000 acres and were 5% contained as of Wednesday morning. Two people have been injured.
The SCU Lightning Complex is burning in what's known as the Diablo Range, east of Mount Diablo, east of Fremont, and northeast of Mount Hamilton. The biggest fires are the Del Puerto, burning west of the town of Patterson along Del Puerto Canyon Road, and the Reservoir, just east of the Calaveras Reservoir.