It’s not just the Glass Fire near St. Helena in Wine Country that has grown quickly: Dangerous fire conditions across Northern California have exacerbated existing fires and ignited new ones this weekend, prompting new evacuations, red flag warnings and widespread smoke.
In Shasta County, the new, fast-spreading Zogg Fire burned 7,000 acres by Sunday evening, prompting evacuations. “Extremely critical fire weather conditions near the vicinity of the #ZoggFire,” the National Weather Service’s Sacramento branch tweeted. “North winds are gusting to 30-40 mph with relative humidity values of 5-10%.”
High winds and low humidity also intensified the August Complex Fire, which has been burning in several counties near Mendocino County since Aug. 16. New evacuations were ordered this weekend in Trinity and Humboldt counties. It has burned 873,079 acres and is 43% contained.
Officials are also keeping an eye on the North Complex fire in Plumas and Butte counties, which has burned 305,881 acres and is 78% contained. The Butte County sheriff issued an immediate evacuation order for the areas of Pulga, Concow, Big Bend, and Yankee Hill due to the spreading fire Sunday night.
The Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties grew about 10,000 acres overnight Saturday, and is now 302,870 acres, even as some Fresno County evacuation orders were lifted. The fire is 39% contained.
“Predicted critical fire weather conditions have come to fruition today,” climate scientist Daniel Swain said on Twitter. “New fires: #GlassFire in Napa Co. & especially very fast-spreading #ZoggFire in Shasta Co. Existing fires, including #AugustComplex, #NorthComplex, #RedSalmonComplex, have exploded once again.”
Meanwhile, a nearly six acre fire ignited near the Point Reyes Lighthouse and burned toward the ocean Sunday. By 4 p.m., it was 75% contained and crews did not expect the fire to grow anymore, according to the Point Reyes National Park Service.
The red flag warnings stretch from the California-Oregon border down toward San Jose, according to Cal Fire. The dangerous conditions are expected to last until Monday afternoon.