No progress as firefighters maintain containment of area wildfires

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More than 1,300 firefighters labored through a third consecutive day of oppressive heat Monday as they continued work to fully contain a massive wildfire that raged across five counties in mid-August, killed five people and destroyed more than 300 homes.

Both the Hennessey Fire and the overarching LNU Lightning Complex Fire were contained at 91 percent early Saturday night, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports.

That was the same level of containment reports as of Tuesday morning.

The Hennessey Fire is the merger of eight smaller fires that quickly burned together into a conflagration that raged into Yolo and Solano County late Aug. 18 and into the early morning hours of Aug. 19. It forced residents in the greater Winters area and rural Vacaville to flee from their homes overnight.

Firefighters checked the spread of the fire as it approached the city limits of both Fairfield and Vacaville. Two people died in the fire in Solano County, one along Pleasants Valley Road and another in the English Hills area of rural Vacaville. Three people died in Napa County.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports there were 1,315 personnel still assigned to the fire as of Saturday night, including 29 hand crews. They were supported by 85 engines, four helicopters, 34 water tenders and 35 bulldozers.

The fires in the LNU Lightning Complex destroyed 1,491 structures and damaged 232 others, Cal Fire reports.

The fire remains the third-largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history.

The LNU Lightning Complex Fire charred 586.26 square miles (375,209 acres) over six counties. The Hennessey Fire burned 496.73 square miles (317,909 acres), Cal Fire reports.

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