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  • The Israeli fire crews will be assisting in the region for about two weeks.
  • Crews have been battling the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in the Napa Valley, north of San Francisco, for two weeks. The blaze has burned 375,209 acres and is 58 percent contained.
  • The SCU Lightning Complex fires have torn through 383,157 acres in just under two weeks and are now 60 percent contained.

A team of 10 Israeli firefighters is lending a helping hand to Northern California fire crews who are battling some of the largest wildfires in the state’s history. 

The Israeli crews arrived in Sacramento over the weekend and are set to aid in helping Cal Fire teams on the front lines of the LNU Lightning Complex and SCU Lightning Complex wildfires. It’s the first time Israelis have been deployed to fight fires on the ground in the U.S.


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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg (D) welcomed the crew Sunday. 

“Today we welcomed a delegation of firefighters from Israel who arrived yesterday. Tomorrow they will report to the CA Office of Emergency Services and be dispatched to fires around the state. As a Jewish mayor, I’m particularly proud and happy to see them come to our aid,” Steinberg said

The Israeli fire crews will be assisting in the region for about two weeks. 

Crews have been battling the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in the state’s wine country in Napa Valley, north of San Francisco, for two weeks. The blaze has burned 375,209 acres and is 63 percent contained. 

Evacuation orders have been lifted or downgraded to warnings as crews have made progress in containing the wildfire. 

“Overall, firefighters [are] making great progress. We’ll continue to see containment efforts go up,” Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said via Twitter Sunday. 

The SCU Lightning Complex fires have torn through 383,157 acres in less than two weeks and are now 60 percent contained. The fires are burning in multiple locations throughout Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties. 

The fires sparked by lightning have now burned more than 1.42 million acres. At least seven deaths have been reported and nearly 2,500 structures have been destroyed. 

Published on Aug 31, 2020