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Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department provide an update on looting in fire areas

Santa Cruz County

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department held a news conference with an update on looting and the prosecution of looters.

Officials said they've received reports of a lot of looting in the areas affected by CZU Lightning Complex fires area.

Sunday morning, Cal Fire CZU shared someone stole a firefighter's wallet and drained their bank account while they were out directing crews.

"It takes a special person to wake up in the morning and say 'You know what, I'm going to victimize and traumatize people who have already been through everything that this community has been through'," said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart.

Cal Fire warned of a fake GoFundMe account going around claiming to be raising money for the firefighter.

The CZU Lightning Complex fires have burned 71,000 acres and destroyed 115 acres. The fires are 8% contained and 24,323 structures remained threatened, Cal Fire announced Sunday morning.

Approximately 77,000 people have been evacuated.

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