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3 dead, nearly 100 000 evacuate as two massive wildfires explode in Northern California

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At least 3 people lost their lives while almost 100 000 have fled their homes as two out-of-control wildfires continue to rage in Northern California. As of Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the Glass Fire has consumed more than 18 000 ha (45 000 acres) of land and, while the Zogg Fire has burned 16 000 ha (40 000 acres), both are zero percent contained.

Some 1 500 firefighters continue to battle the wildfires that have been ravaging Napa's famous wine region.

Some notable wineries, such as Chateau Boswell and a portion of 13th-century-style winery Castello di Amorosa have been lost to the blazes, which reached the fringes of Santa Rosa– the biggest town in the neighboring Sonoma County.

"It's a complete, total loss," said Jim Sullivan, Castello di Amorosa's vice president of marketing and PR. 

Nearly 100 000 residents have been evacuated from towns, including the entirety of Calistoga, a wine tourism destination.

"It looks like a bomb went off," 61-year-old resident Joe Ortega told the San Francisco Chronicle. "The trees go up like matches."

80 houses have been destroyed between the two counties, according to Cal Fire official Jonathan Cox. Santa Rosa fire chief Tony Gossner added that it would take weeks to put the flames under control. "It's going to be kind of long, and it's going to be painful."

Residents in the affected region are still reeling from a previous disaster as the area was hit by devastating wildfires in 2017, which killed 44 people and scorched thousands of buildings.

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A huge mass of smoke produced by California Fires extending 700 km (400 miles) over the Pacific Ocean. Image credit: Antonio Vecoli, NASA Terra/MODIS

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California Fires smoke mainly produced by August Complex, Zogg Fire, Red Salmon Complex, Glass Fire, and North Complex. Image credit: Antonio Vecoli, NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS.

Meanwhile, the Zogg Fire killed at least three people further north and has razed 16 000 ha (40 000 acres) of land, also without containment in sight.

Both blazes exploded Sunday, September 27, rapidly spreading through dry vegetation triggered by high winds. Temperatures remain high in the area.

The new fires came during a record season as five of California's six biggest wildfires in history are currently scorching across 1.5 million ha (3.8 million acres) of land.

California is currently moving into the peak of the wildfire season.

Featured image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS

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5 Comments

  1. This sure looks like wrath of God stuff on this anti God state—but for a few Christian strongholds—John Macarther, Jack Hibbs, Barry Stanger, Don Stewart, Pastor Hughes that are being harassed by the godless governor and legislature. Pray. Christ is coming for His bride soon!

  2. This is the result of forest mismanagement by the Governor of California, the dis-honorable gavin newsom. Having spent all State funding on illegal immigrants, the pine-beetle ravaged trees in the forest have not been cleared. The forest has been neglected for years because there is no funding for it anymore. President Trump please withhold ALL additional funding for the State of Mexifornia. Fellow Californians, wake up and take action or leave the state. it isn’t for you anymore. It is being preserved for illegals and democrats.

    1. I agree with above
      But do not come to Az with your libreal ideas or bad habits and spoiled brat attuitudes
      Calif had funding for the forests Fedreal money Was there Your Governor spent it on Green Deals So yes they lied to you for the last 10 yrs
      Just look up Where all the Fed money went to pet projects instead of clearing Your forests
      Just wait Houses and big citys will be built on Fed land
      for all your illegals and Drug Cartals
      I gotta laugh Look around you

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