Last updated December 21, 2019

Death toll rises to 40 as firefighters continue to battle massive California wildfires

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Firefighters monitor flames threatening the Oakmont community along Highway 12 in Santa Rosa. Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

As the death toll rose to 40, firefighters struggled to get the upper hand against several massive wildfires that have ravaged Northern California for almost a week.

Officials said Sunday they are making good progress on the Tubbs and Atlas fires. which are both more than 50% contained. Firefighters will concentrate their forces on the Nuns fire, which is 30% contained. There was some concern the Tubbs and Nuns fires could merge.