5 dead as wildfires in Calif. continue to burn

A structure is damaged by the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Friday, August 21, 2020

At least five people have been declared dead as firefighters continue to battle wildfires burning across Northern California.

According to reports, several wildfires surrounding San Francisco and the Bay Area destroyed more than 175 structures and are threatening 50,000 more. 33 civilians and firefighters have been injured so far.

More than 10,000 firefighters have already been deployed, but officials believe this isn’t close to enough to the number actually needed. California recently requested at least 350 more crews from outside the state.

A plume billows over Healdsburg, Calif., as the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Meanwhile, smoke and ash have inundated communities surrounding the fire zones.

“It’s really heavy, so I’m changing my mind to be honest,” explained one resident. “I can’t get enough oxygen, especially with this mask, you have to keep it on.”

Scorched homes and vehicles fill Spanish Flat Mobile Villa following the LNU Lightning Complex fires in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

360 wildfires have been reported in recent days, burning more than 660,000 acres throughout the Golden State.

RELATED: Mandatory Evacuations Underway As Firefighters Battle Multiple Fires In Northern Calif.

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