At least 5 killed, 30 injured in Northern California wildfires

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 21st, 2020 12:54 pm
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Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Dozens of wildfires searing through Northern and Central California have reportedly killed at least five people and injured another 30 civilians and firefighters.

A series of lightning strikes on Monday sparked multiple fires in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, and Yolo Counties. The wildfires scorched hundreds of structures and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

By Thursday, the fires had grown by 60% from 131,000 acres to 215,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Hennessey Fire, the largest of the wildfires, has stretched to 192,000 acres with zero percent containment, according to Cal Fire.

Despite the struggle to control the spread, Cal Fire Division Chief Charlie Blankenheim said firefighters are slowly making progress.

"We're doing really good in there. We're fairly confident that we stopped the spread and hopefully there won't be any more push further into Vacaville, we'll be able to keep it where it is, and we'll keep any more structures from being lost," Blankenheim told reporters Thursday.

Although 10,000 firefighters are on the front lines battling the flames, fire officials said they are running low on resources. California has requested an additional 375 engines and crew from other states.


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