Crews battling California fires head to devastated areas

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Flames lick above vehicles on Highway 162 as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

BERRY CREEK, CA (Associated Press) – Smoke from massive wildfires that painted skies throughout California orange is helping crews struggling to surround the deadliest blaze of the year. But despite the progress, there’s concern the death toll may mount as crews reach devastated areas.

Nine people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been confirmed dead in the North Complex fire that destroyed the foothill hamlet of Berry Creek northeast of San Francisco.

But crews haven’t managed to search some hot zonesto search for more victims. Officials say smoke from fires around the state have blocked the sun, reducing temperatures and raising humidity. The favorable weather is expected to continue through Saturday.

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