Residents of Vacaville, California, were forced to evacuate in the early morning hours of August 19 as flames from the Hennessey Fire, part of the LNU Lightning Complex of fires in Northern California, closed in on residential areas, reports said.
News reports said the Hennessey Fire, which started in Napa County on Monday, was uncontained through Tuesday and had spread to threaten areas of Solano County by early Wednesday morning.
CALFIRE said the fires were sparked by lightning and collectively burned more than 46,000 acres over several days, threatening approximately 1,900 structures and destroying 50 as of Wednesday.
Vacaville resident Frederico Almeida said he, his wife, and their two children fled their home at around 1 am on Wednesday. Video filmed by Almeida as the family drove away shows thick smoke and fire burning on either side of the roadway as several vehicles create a small traffic jam. Credit: Frederico Almeida via Storyful