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01 Oct 2020 | 04:03 AM UTC

US: Fatalities rise as wildfires continue to burn in California September 30

United States of America News Alert

Firefighters battling two major fires in California on September 30; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/4/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION California

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Event

A fourth person died from a fire in northern California's Cascade foothills on Wednesday, September 30, whilst firefighters continued to fight another major fire near San Francisco. The Zogg Fire in Shasta county and the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties both erupted on Sunday, September 25. The former was just seven percent contained on Wednesday, and the county sheriff reported that an evacuee from the fire had died on Tuesday night, September 29, marking the fourth civilian fatality from the Zogg Fire. The fire near Redding has also destroyed at least 146 structures, with 15,000 others threatened and 2200 residents under evacuation orders or advisories.

Meanwhile, around 80,000 people have been placed under evacuation orders due to the Glass Fire, which has destroyed 80 homes and 32 other structures. The fire was only two percent contained on Wednesday and a red-flag warning was reinstated on Wednesday evening for areas north of San Francisco Bay due to strong winds. Further updates on the fires can be found on Cal Fire's website.

Further spread of the fires and additional evacuations are expected in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.

Context

The Zogg and Glass Fires are among a number of active blazes across the state in a record-breaking year for wildfires. Over 3.9 million acres (1.5 million hectares) have been burned by the fires, with the death toll now standing at 30. Over 8000 wildfires have been reported this year and 7837 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

Advice

Those in the vicinity of the fires are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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