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California wildfires burn 3.75m acres with 26 fatalities

  • Published at 11:36 am September 29th, 2020
Northern California wildfire
The Glass Fire burns in the background as Josh Asbury, an employee of CableCom, installs fiber optic cable in Calistoga, California, U.S. September 28, 2020 Reuters

California has been battling massive wildfires for months, stoked by dry conditions, strong seasonal winds and high temperatures

Wildfires in California have burned more than 3.75 million acres of land this year with 26 fatalities as of Monday, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

More than 66,000 people were under evacuation orders from several fast-growing new wildfires by Monday afternoon, about 54,000 of them due to Glass and Shady fires in Napa and Sonoma counties, according to California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

The Glass Fire, the largest currently burning in the Bay Area, swelled to 36,236 acres with zero containment by Monday evening, according to updates by the Cal Fire.

The Zogg Fire, starting on Sunday in Shasta County, exploded to 31,237 acres Monday and remained uncontained with three fatalities and 146 structures destroyed, according to Cal Fire unit's tweet.

The state-largest-ever fire, August Complex, has expanded to 902,463 acres with 45% contained as of Monday afternoon. The 306,135-acre North Complex was 78% contained.

A red flag warning was in effect on Monday for much of northern California as hot and dry conditions continued through the day, the Cal Fire said.


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