SOLANO COUNTY (CBS13) — Another death has been reported in the Solano County theater of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire.
Cal Fire reported on Monday morning that the fire – which stretches across Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties – had grown to 350,030 acres. Firefighters are also slowly getting a handle on the flames, with the fire now also being 22 percent contained.
Authorities also reported another civilian death in Solano County on Monday. No details, including where the person was found, were given.
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There have now been a total of five deaths reported in the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, three in Napa County and two in Solano County.
Ken and Marci Albers are grateful they safely escaped the fires but their neighbor who lives just down the way on English Hills Road didn’t survive.
“His parents passed away he inherited the property. He had no money, no job, no electricity, no water no nothing,” said Ken Albers. “And several of us neighbors have been wondering because there was no way to contact him and I’m sure by the time I the fire his place was already burned down.”
Neighbors identify the man killed as Mr. Bone.
CBS13 spoke to former neighbor Tina Miller over the phone about his tragic passing.
“He shouldn’t have been living out there by himself or even being out there by himself,” Miller said.
As for Ken and Marci, whose home was ravaged by the fire, they feel awful about his death.
“He didn’t deserve that, but you know there was no way to communicate with him,” Marci Albers said.
A total of 871 structures have been destroyed in the incident, Cal Fire says. Some 30,500 structures remain threatened.
The fire prompted evacuation orders in Vacaville and Fairfield last week. All evacuations within city limits of those two areas have since been lifted, but some evacuation orders in unincorporated Solano County remain in place.
Many evacuation orders remain in effect as of Monday morning in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties as well.