“Full containment has been reached,” Cal Fire said in the release. “Firefighters will continue to patrol the area in the upcoming days.” The containment is welcome news as thousands of firefighters continue to battle blazes throughout the state ahead of forecasted high temperatures this week. A Red Flag warning is in effect in parts of northern California from Wednesday through Friday as gusty winds and low humidity create critical fire weather conditions.
Historic fire season
The fire is one of at least 8,000 incidents reported by Cal Fire to have burned a record 4 million acres and claimed the lives of 31 people this year. The Zogg Fire and nearby Glass Fire erupted on September 27 and quickly grew, prompting an emergency declaration from Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Glass Fire, which has burned through more than 67,000 acres in wine country, is now 97% contained, according to Cal Fire.
Firefighters from multiple agencies nationwide, along with Canada and Mexico are continuing to support fire suppression efforts in northern California, NIFC said.
Four killed in fast-moving fire
Before it was contained, the fast-moving Zogg Fire torched 56,338 acres, destroyed 204 structures and damaged another 27. The blaze claimed the lives of four people. Earlier this month, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office announced the identities of three fire victims, all from Igo, California.
Cause of fire still under investigation
California utility PG&E was ordered by a federal judge this week to “explain its role in the ignition of the Zogg Fire” after investigators began examining the utility’s equipment for a possible link to the blaze. The utility has been performing partial shutoffs in the area during wind events in the state to prevent its equipment from sparking fires like the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 84 people.
PG&E pleaded guilty in June to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire, the deadliest blaze in the state’s history.
Investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection determined that PG&E was responsible for the Camp Fire after electrical lines owned and operated by the utility started the fire on November 8, 2018, CAL Fire said in a news release.