Northern California Wildfires Kill Three People and Destroy Hundreds of Structures, Including Wineries

Published in 29 September, 2020

At a Glance

  • Three people died in the Zogg Fire in Shasta County, an official said.

  • The Glass Fire has reportedly destroyed at least three wineries.

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Shasta, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Wildfires raging across Northern California have killed three people, burned hundreds of homes and forced evacuation orders for more than 70,000 people.

Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini confirmed three people died in the Zogg Fire that began Sunday near Igo, the Redding Record Searchlight reported. Magrini said the coroner was working to identify the victims.

About 140 miles to the south, the Glass Fire continued to ravage the state’s famed Wine Country. More than 68,000 people in Sonoma and Napa counties have been told to evacuate.

Late Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Shasta, Napa and Sonoma counties because of the fires and asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster.

Zogg Fire
By Tuesday morning, the Zogg Fire had exploded to more than 62 square miles and destroyed nearly 150 structures. At least 1,500 additional structures were threatened and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes.

The fire began about 3 p.m. Sunday near the town of Igo about 10 miles southwest of Redding in Shasta County and was quickly fanned by high winds.

On Monday afternoon, at least 1,250 people had been ordered to evacuate. More evacuations were ordered Monday night as the blaze continued to threaten the communities of Igo, Ono, Happy Valley and Platina.

Glass Fire
Homes and beloved Napa Valley wineries were reduced to rubble Monday by the fast-spreading Glass Fire. As of Tuesday morning, the fire had burned more than 66 square miles in Napa and Sonoma counties.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Monday night for the the entire city of Calistoga, which includes about 5,000 people.

The fire destroyed more than two dozen homes in Sonoma County and more than 50 in Napa County, according to CalFire. Several other structures were damaged or destroyed, and 10,000 remained under threat.

West of Santa Rosa, the fire destroyed at least a dozen homes in the Skyhawk community north of Highway 12 in Sonoma County, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported.

“It’s like God has no sympathy, no empathy for Sonoma County,” county supervisor Susan Gorin told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Chronicle reported that many famous wineries in the Napa Valley lost buildings in the fire. The area is home to more than five dozen.

Photos showed the Chateau Boswell Winery engulfed in flames. The San Jose Mercury News said eyewitnesses also reported the Hunnicutt and Failla wineries were destroyed by fire.

The fire also destroyed a farmhouse at Castello di Amorosa, another popular Napa Valley tourist destination, the Chronicle reported. Jim Sullivan, vice president of the winery, said the farmhouse contained all of the company’s bottled wine, some fermentation tanks and some offices. The property’s castle was not damaged.

California firefighters are battling at least 27 major wildfires across the state.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,000 wildfires have burned well over 5,625 square miles. Since Aug. 15, the fires have killed 26 people and destroyed more than 7,000 structures.

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