Emergency services are continuing to respond to two major fires that are burning in California as of Saturday, October 3. Some 2500 firefighters continue to respond to a blaze dubbed the "Glass Fire" which has consumed 61,150 acres (24,746 hectares) in Napa and Sonoma counties since it began burning near Calistoga (Napa county) on September 27. The fire is eight percent contained and has so far destroyed 248 structures. A total of 52,000 people remain under evacuation orders. Crews are also continuing to respond to the "Zogg Fire" burning near the town of Redding in Shasta county which has burned an area of 56,168 acres (22,730 hectares) and have brought it under 56 percent containment. At least four people have been killed in incidents related to the fire and 150 buildings have been destroyed. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued red flag warnings for high winds until Saturday morning. Rains are forecast in the coming week which authorities believe will assist in containment efforts. Further updates on the fires can be found on Cal Fire's website.
Further spread of the fires and additional evacuations are possible in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.
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.
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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