At least 5 dead in Northern Calif. wildfires as containment efforts continue

Firefighters ride in the back of a pickup truck while battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in unincorporated Lake County, Cailf. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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UPDATED 7:35 AM PT – Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Authorities in Northern California continue to tackle the LNU Llightning Complex Fire, which has burned through five counties and killed at least five people.

During a briefing Tuesday, Cal Fire operations Section Chief Chris Waters said they have separated the blaze into two zones, east and west, to maximize their resources and efforts. So far, the LNU Fire has spread to more than 356,000 acres and has destroyed nearly 980 structures.

“Very heavy fuels, steep terrain, difficult access and numerous structures,” Chief Waters explained. “And we’re still connecting the dots, trying to protect structures, trying to build line between vineyards and grassy open areas and looking for opportunities to do back firing.”

Following the LNU Lightning Complex fires, a sheriff’s deputy patrols the evacuated community of Spanish Flat in Napa County, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

14,000 firefighters are on scene using bulldozers and hand tools to scrape fire breaks into the ground. Although cooler temperatures have helped them make progress, Chief Waters said he expects humidity and wind to pick up in the next couple of days.

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