California wildfires: Zogg Fire kills 3, destroys 146 structures in Shasta County

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — A Shasta County wildfire that has scorched an estimated 40,317 acres since Sunday with zero containment has claimed at least three lives and destroyed at least 146 structures.

According to the sheriff’s office, the coroner is still working to identify the remains of the three known fatalities resulting from the fast-moving Zogg Fire, KRCA reported.

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Meanwhile, evacuation orders remain in place as the blaze continues threatening more than 1,500 additional structures, the TV station reported.

“Light winds, high temperatures, low humidities and a lack of resources will continue to challenge firefighters today,” Cal Fire stated in its Tuesday morning incident report, noting the estimated 700 personnel battling the blaze will “continue to focus on structure defense and increasing containment lines.”

Officials confirmed Tuesday that reinforcements are being dispatched to assist.

“We’ve had crews that are still on the line from when the fire started on Sunday,” Sean Kavanaugh, a Cal Fire incident commander, told the Los Angeles Times.

“They’re in their third day out there; we’re trying to get those folks back in [for a break]. We do have resources that are coming from across the state to come help us,” Kavanaugh added.

In addition, Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said that helicopters are dumping water and planes are dropping retardant on the blaze.

“The conditions are more favorable than they were two days ago and even from yesterday, but it is still warm, and the fire is still growing at this point,” Sanchez told the newspaper.

Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini said deputies have evacuated nearly 500 homes in the Igo and Ono communities, displacing about 1,250 people.

According to the Times, the Zogg Fire is one of more than two dozen wildfires currently ravaging the state and enlisting the services of more than 18,700 firefighters.

The Glass Fire has wreaked havoc on wine country since Sunday, while the massive August Complex Fire, which grew by nearly 60,000 acres from Monday to Tuesday, is now more than twice as large as any blaze in California’s modern history, scorching 938,000 acres to date, the newspaper reported.