Fire official: Smoke will linger for another week

Fires currently burning in the Bay Area. National Interagency Fire Center map.

Daily Post Staff Writer

Mid-Peninsula residents can expect to see and smell smoke for at least another week, Redwood City Acting Fire Chief Dave Pucci told city council last night (Aug. 24).

Much of the smoke in the area is from the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burning in southern San Mateo and northern Santa Cruz counties.

Pucci said burning is expected to continue in the middle of the fire as it scorches forests in that area, causing smoke to waft to the Mid-Peninsula.

Redwood City has sent seven firefighters to the largest fire that either county has seen in recent memory. Redwood City also has a firefighter helping battle the fires in Plumas National Forest, about 40 miles east of Paradise, and another firefighter helping in Santa Clara County, Pucci said.

Pucci assured the council that all of the fire department’s stations, which also cover San Carlos, are fully staffed.

Pucci went to the CZU Lightning Complex Fire base camp yesterday and returned to update the council on what he saw there and along the fire lines.

Pucci reported that the fire lines closet to Redwood City are “looking really good,” and are nearly controlled, and expects good news to continue out of the firefight in that area.

Since there was no lightning Sunday or Monday, as had been forecast, more moisture is coming in overnight and out-of-state firefighters are showing up, Pucci said. He expects to continue to hear good news regarding the fire, which has burned 78,664 acres and is 13% contained.


  1. Gavin Newsom doesn’t care about us or he would have begged Trump for reinforcement. He’s playing politics with our lives, he’s trying to ruin the economy to make Trump look bad.

    • California is getting help from 10 other states and two other countries. What more were you looking for besides a chance to unjustifiably bash the governor? Your post displays a healthy dose of ignorance.

  2. Governor Hair-Gel is incompetent. We need to properly manage forests through, controlled burns, selective logging, more roads as firebreaks and to access fires.

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