As if 2020 hasn’t been an interesting enough year, the San Francisco Bay Area is in the midst of a record setting heat wave. What normally doesn’t happen during a heat wave in this region are thunderstorms, with lightning strikes that cause a fire, and of course a full rainbow to add to nature’s display. Further information about this fire indicates is part of the Deer Zone fires, which are 4 firesĀ  Southwest of Brentwood, that have burned 400 acres by 10 pm local time with 0% containment.

Lightning strike fire above homes in the hills of Brentwood, California - August 16, 2020. - Deer Zones fire.

The winds shifted and the fire in the East Bay hills started climbing back up the mountain.

Fire Red East Bay sunset - August 15, 2020 - Brentwood, California

The unusual weather started the day before with a blood red sunset.

An unusual sunrise that included a thunderstorm and numerous lightning strikes - San Francisco Bay Area - August 16, 2020.

After the dark lightning clouds passed over, the sunrise featured interesting colors.

Full rainbow over Brentwood, California after thunderstorms - August 16, 2020.

Since this day would include a little bit of everything, there was of course a full rainbow.

Sunlight trees against dark thunderstorm skies - East Bay Area - August 16, 2020.

Then the sun popped out, and shown on these trees with the very dark thunderclouds in the background.

The smoke from a lighting strike fire looking interesting against the dark thunderclouds. At the time, I didn’t know there was a fire, so I was off to investigate.

A lightning strike fire started from the San Francisco Bay Area thunderstorms that passed through on August 16, 2020. - Deer Zones fire by Deer Valley Road and Marsh Creek Road Southwest of Brentwood, CA

A wider shot of the lightning strike fire that the early morning thunderstorms caused.

Orange butterfly resting on pole.

By noontime things were back to relative normal as this butterfly takes a break during the record breaking heat wave.

August 20, 2020 Update

The fires known as the Deer Zones fires became part of a larger cluster of fires Cal Fire calls the “SCU Lightning Complex which include 20 separate fires. The latest information I was able to dig up said the Deer Zones fires burned about 1500 acres. There had been an evacuation order involved with those fires. That order was ended on Wednesday.

Smokey sunset from the "SCU Lightning Complex fires
This image which was taken near sunset on Aug. 20th, shows two pigeons resting on a street light with the very smoke filled sky turning the setting sun orange and red.

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