LNU Fire containment projection holds at Oct. 1

A sign marks a burned property as “unsafe” on Pleasants Valley Road after the LNU Lightning Complex fires, on Monday Sept. 7, 2020. (Robinson Kuntz/McNaughton Media)

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By Todd R. Hansen
McNaughton Media

Crews from the Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit are already in the fire area conducting a post-fire survey.

However, complete containment of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire is still projected to be no earlier than Oct. 1, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported Monday.

The containment level is listed at 98 percent, Cal Fire reported.

Tyree Vander, a spokesman for the Cal Fire unit, said typically an engine crew will take three to five days to drive through a fire area just to make sure there is no serious threat that the fire will reignite.

“But a fire this size,” Vander said of the 567.53-square-mile LNU blaze (363,220 acres), “it may take a little longer.”

It burned in six counties.

That is why crews are already in the field surveying areas that have been contained for a longer period of time. As the fire is fully contained, those crews will then survey those areas.

Vander said large stumps and other material may continue to smolder, but usually do not pose a risk because the areas surrounding them are already burned so there is no additional fuel to spread the fire.

The fire has fewer than 100 personnel still assigned to it, and all hand crews have been shifted to more active fires in the state.

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