As new fires raced through Wine Country Sunday and into Monday morning, other parts of Northern California saw blazes intensify while smoke started blanketing parts of the Bay Area again.
The North Complex fire in Butte County came roaring back amid dry, hot and windy conditions as the entire town of Paradise was issued an evacuation warning Sunday night.
In addition to Paradise, the community of Magalia was under an evacuation warning, along with an evacuation order for Concow. All three areas were torched by the November 2018 Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire.
This is extremely hard to say, but within past hour Butte County & Sonoma County officials have *both* issued nighttime emergency evacuation orders for some of the same areas previous burned by the Tubbs Fire in 2017 & Camp Fire in 2018. Please be vigilant tonight. #CAwx #CAfire
— Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) September 28, 2020
The North Complex Fire in Butte and Plumas counties started Aug. 18 and as of Sunday night had burned through 305,881 acres and was 78% contained, according to Cal Fire. There were 2,905 people working on the fire as of Saturday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
High winds and dry conditions also juiced the August Complex Fire, which has been burning in Mendocino and neighboring counties since Aug. 16. New evacuations were ordered this weekend in Trinity and Humboldt counties. It has burned 873,079 acres and is 43% contained.
Meanwhile, a new fire started Sunday in Shasta County.
You can see the rapid growth of the #ZoggFire to the southeast in the beginning but then start to slow down. However, it is still burning hot and the winds are still gusting around 30 mph from the north/northeast. pic.twitter.com/0b6w16oZ7v
— Mike Krueger (@MikeKrueger7) September 28, 2020
The Zogg fire had swept through 7,000 acres with mandatory evacuation orders in all areas south of South Fork Road and Zogg Mine Road as well as south along Gas Point corridor including all residents along Gas Point Road to Foster Drive and Platina Road west to the Tehama County line.
The Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties increased by about 10,000 acres overnight Saturday and has torn through 302,870 acres, even as some Fresno County evacuation orders were lifted. The fire is 39% contained.
Emily Fancher is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. [email protected]