Video shows what it's like driving through Santa Cruz County wildfire at night

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Monday, August 24, 2020
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Flames burning trees and bushes, embers flying across the road -- CAL FIRE shares daunting video from the middle of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire that has burned 74,000 acres in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- CAL FIRE shared a chilling video from the middle of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire to show what it's like driving through a wildfire at night.

A CZU firefighter took the video on Highway 236 just past the headquarters in Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

You can see flames burning trees and brush right next to the road in Santa Cruz County. Embers can be seen falling and the road is filled with red haze from wildfire smoke.

WATCH: Big Basin Redwoods, California's oldest state park, devastated by CZU Lightning Complex; Fate of ancient trees unknown

As of Sunday evening, the wildfire has scorched 74,000 acres and is 8% contained, CAL FIRE officials report. More than 24,000 buildings are threatened and officials say one resident has died.

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Get the latest updates and videos on the CZU, LNU and SCU Lightning Complex Fires here.

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