THOUSANDS OF people have been evacuated from California as the state experiences some extraordinary-- and dangerous-- weather.
In just 72 hours, 11,000 lightning strikes are estimated to have struck areas in Northern California, and over three hundred wildfires are burning across the state.
The lightning strikes and wildfires are connected, with a cluster of 23 major clusters being blamed on "extraordinary weather" and "all of these lightning strikes", according to California governor Gavin Newsom.
Thousands of people have been evacuated, and fire crews have worked tirelessly to beat back an quench the fires which threaten peoples homes and livelihoods.
Tragically, one firefighting pilot lost his life tackling the blaze, crashing his helicopter while dropping water in Fresno County, according to The Journal.
The unnamed pilot was working with emergency service company Guardian Helicopters, who partnered with CalFire to help extinguish the devastating fires.
AN estimated 8,000 residents have been evacuated from areas in Solano County, with 12,000 more people told to be prepared to flee if necessary.
CalFire spokesman Chief Jeremy Rahn said the estimated 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours marked "a historic lightning siege", and the wildfires have doubled in size, currently affecting 124,000 acres of land.
The out-of-control wildfires come during a brutal heatwave affecting around 80 million people in 10 states.