At least one person has died and more than 100 structures have been destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Northern California, fire officials said on Thursday, August 20.
The LNU Lightning Complex includes a series of lightning-caused fires that have collectively burned at least 131,000 acres – more than 200 square miles – throughout Napa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
Cal Fire said a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) employee died on Wednesday while clearing electrical infrastructure for firefighters battling a LNU Lightning Complex fire. The employee was found unresponsive in his car and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Cal Fire.
The PG&E employee was the first confirmed death connected to the LNU Lightning Complex, local media reported.
This video, provided by the Crockett-Carquinez Fire Department, shows part of a house smothered in flames as a firefighter works to contain the blaze. The fire department said crews in the video were in Napa County battling the Hennessey Fire, part of the LNU Lightning Complex. Credit: Crockett-Carquinez Fire Department via Storyful