(CNN)Firefighters working 24-hour shifts will get no reprieve from California’s wildfires Monday as dangerous weather conditions could spark new infernos.

Lightning was responsible for about 585 fires in the past week, Cal Fire spokesman Steve Kaufmann said this weekend.By Monday morning, more than 1.1 million acres had been scorched. That’s more than five times the size of New York City. That’s like the entire state of Rhode Island getting set ablaze. Now, “thunderstorms that produce very little rain but contain lightning will likely trigger new fires,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said Monday.Resident Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing family members at the burned remains of their home during the LNU Lightning Complex fire in Vacaville, California, on August 23Resident Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing family members at the burned remains of their home during the LNU Lightning Complex fire in Vacaville, California, on August 23 Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestResident Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing family members at the burned remains of their home during the LNU Lightning Complex fire in Vacaville, California, on August 23Hide Caption 1 of 43Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in unincorporated Lake County, California, on August 23.Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in unincorporated Lake County, California, on August 23. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in unincorporated Lake County, California, on August 23.Hide Caption 2 of 43A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County, California, on Friday, August 21.A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County, California, on Friday, August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County, California, on Friday, August 21.Hide Caption 3 of 43Firefighter Karol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in Boulder Creek, California, on Saturday, August 22.Firefighter Karol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in Boulder Creek, California, on Saturday, August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighter Karol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in Boulder Creek, California, on Saturday, August 22.Hide Caption 4 of 43A burned out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22.A burned out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA burned out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22.Hide Caption 5 of 43Veterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville, California, on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama.Veterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville, California, on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestVeterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville, California, on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama.Hide Caption 6 of 43Smoke hangs low in the air at Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods still burn on August 22 in Boulder Creek, California.Smoke hangs low in the air at Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods still burn on August 22 in Boulder Creek, California. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke hangs low in the air at Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods still burn on August 22 in Boulder Creek, California.Hide Caption 7 of 43Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge on August 21.Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge on August 21.Hide Caption 8 of 43A firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek, California, on August 21.A firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek, California, on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek, California, on August 21.Hide Caption 9 of 43Members of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21.Members of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestMembers of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21.Hide Caption 10 of 43People pack brown bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21.People pack brown bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople pack brown bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21.Hide Caption 11 of 43A smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California on Thursday, August 20.A smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California on Thursday, August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California on Thursday, August 20.Hide Caption 12 of 43A firefighter battles flames from the CZU Lightning Complex fire in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20.A firefighter battles flames from the CZU Lightning Complex fire in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter battles flames from the CZU Lightning Complex fire in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 13 of 43Only scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20.Only scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestOnly scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 14 of 43Peter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20.Peter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 15 of 43A forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20.A forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20.Hide Caption 16 of 43A man looks at a tree blocking his way while attempting to go home after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20.A man looks at a tree blocking his way while attempting to go home after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA man looks at a tree blocking his way while attempting to go home after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 17 of 43A melted, plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20.A melted, plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA melted, plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20.Hide Caption 18 of 43Sarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20.Sarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20.Hide Caption 19 of 43Fire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on Wednesday, August 19.Fire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on Wednesday, August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on Wednesday, August 19.Hide Caption 20 of 43Gina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19.Gina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestGina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19.Hide Caption 21 of 43People herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19.People herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19.Hide Caption 22 of 43Flames from the Lightning Complex fires consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19.Flames from the Lightning Complex fires consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames from the Lightning Complex fires consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19.Hide Caption 23 of 43Embers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County, California, on Tuesday, August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure.Embers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County, California, on Tuesday, August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestEmbers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County, California, on Tuesday, August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure.Hide Caption 24 of 43A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18.A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18.Hide Caption 25 of 43A home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18.A home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 26 of 43An air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18.An air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestAn air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 27 of 43Flames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18.Flames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 28 of 43Tony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on Monday, August 17.Tony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on Monday, August 17. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestTony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on Monday, August 17.Hide Caption 29 of 43Smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, August 16.Smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, August 16. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, August 16.Hide Caption 30 of 43Kathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon.Kathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestKathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon.Hide Caption 31 of 43Firefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on Friday, August 14.Firefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on Friday, August 14. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on Friday, August 14.Hide Caption 32 of 43A helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on Thursday, August 13.A helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on Thursday, August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on Thursday, August 13.Hide Caption 33 of 43A car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on Thursday, August 13.A car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on Thursday, August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on Thursday, August 13.Hide Caption 34 of 43A couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13.A couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13.Hide Caption 35 of 43A firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13.A firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13.Hide Caption 36 of 43The Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13.The Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestThe Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13.Hide Caption 37 of 43Flames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12.Flames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12.Hide Caption 38 of 43A firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12.A firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 39 of 43Firefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12.Firefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12.Hide Caption 40 of 43A tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12.A tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 41 of 43A plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12.A plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 42 of 43Fire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, August 11.Fire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, August 11. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, August 11.Hide Caption 43 of 4302 wildfires 082301 wildfires 082301 cali fires 082203 wildfires 082204 wildfires 082207 cali fires 082211 cali fires 082203 cali fires 082204 cali fires 082205 cali fires 082206 cali fires 082208 cali fires 082201B wildfires 082102 wildfires 082103 wildfires 082104 wildfires 082105 wildfires 082106 wildfires 082107 wildfires 082108 wildfires 082109 wildfires 082110 wildfires 082111 wildfires 082104B west wildfires 081803 west wildfires 081808 west wildfires 081802 west wildfires 081809 west wildfires 081806 west wildfires 081805 west wildfires 081807 west wildfires 081801 western fires unfurl 0814 california 03 western fires unfurl 0813 california 02 western fires unfurl 0813 california 04 western fires unfurl 0813 california 05 western fires unfurl 0813 california RESTRICTED08 western fires unfurl 0813 california 06 western fires unfurl 07 western fires unfurl 0812 california 09 western fires unfurl 0812 california RESTRICTED10 western fires unfurl 0812 california 11 western fires unfurl 0812 california 02 wildfires california oregon coloradoMore than 10 million people in the West are under red-flag warnings Monday — meaning “warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger,” the National Weather Service said.Read MoreAnd that’s treacherous news for fire crews. More than 13,000 firefighters have been battling the flames, including some on 24-hour shifts. But there are just too many fires and not enough resources to prevent more homes from being torched, Cal Fire officials have said.More than 1,200 structures have been destroyed, including at least 871 by the LNU Complex fire. At least four people have been killed. And without the help of hundreds of inmate firefighters who were released early due to the Covid-19 pandemic, those on the front lines are racing against time and exhaustion to save homes and lives. 2 fires make history as they keep burning The LNU Lightning Complex Fire, in the northern Bay Area and Central Valley, is the second-largest inferno in the state’s recorded history. The SCU Lightning Complex Fire, largely east of San Jose, is now the third-largest fire in the state’s history.By Monday morning, the LNU fire had scorched more than 350,000 acres and was about 22% contained. The SCU fire has burned more than 347,000 acres and was about 10% contained. California wildfires have caused more deaths and destruction so far this year than in all of 2019. Last year, wildfires charred a total of 260,000 acres and killed three people, according to Cal Fire.Evacuating during a pandemicFlames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires engulf parts of Lake County, Californnia on Sunday.Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires engulf parts of Lake County, Californnia on Sunday.Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires engulf parts of Lake County, Californnia on Sunday.Tens of thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate. But unlike previous years, evacuees are also trying to protect themselves from coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office issued a checklist for what to take if residents need to evacuate, including face masks, sanitation supplies, important documents, medication, and three days’ worth of food and water.

Have an emergency supply kit ready in the event of an evacuation:✔️ Facemasks & sanitation supplies✔️ 3 days supply of non-perishables ✔️ 3 gallons of water per person ✔️ Prescriptions ✔️ Clothing ✔️ Flashlights ✔️ Important documents ▶️ https://t.co/4IHPDeOfBA pic.twitter.com/wjxFdPQ0rb

— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) August 23, 2020 Federal disaster declaration issued Over the weekend, Newsom said the state received a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to the fires burning in the northern part of the state. That means President Donald Trump released federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in areas affected by the wildfires.Those areas include Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties, according to a White House statement.The disaster declaration came a day after Newsom said that 100% of the state’s firefighting resources have been deployed to battle the lightning-sparked blazes. California has requested firefighting support from neighboring states, including Nevada, Texas, and Arizona.

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