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California Fire

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Firefighters are battling multiple fast-spreading wildfires in Northern California, including the heart of the state's wine country, as authorities say at least three civilians have been killed by the Zogg Fire in Shasta County.

At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Daniel Berlant with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said that firefighters responded to 19 new wildfires throughout the state Monday.

Berlant also said that the August Complex Fire continues to be the largest in the state and that "it grew significantly yesterday to 938,000 acres" — almost 60,000 acres (more than 90 square miles) in a single day. Firefighters are struggling to contain the wind-driven blaze, he said.

Gusty winds on Monday helped two major fires — Zogg and Glass — to multiply in size. By Tuesday morning, California fire authorities said the winds had decreased overnight, raising hopes they would be able to make progress in containing the blazes.

The Zogg Fire in Shasta County and the Glass Fire, which has hit Napa and Sonoma counties, both started on Sunday. As of late Tuesday morning local time, both are 0% contained.

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