Blazes leave trail of destruction in California’s wine country

Published on September 30, 2020 by

The Glass Fire continued to rage on Wednesday, displacing thousands of people and burning tens of thousands of acres in northern California.

The blaze reached over 46,000 acres and was two per cent contained by Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire. Local reports said at least 80 homes had been destroyed in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Cal Fire also reported that the Zogg Fire, which has killed three people, grew to over 50,000 acres on Tuesday.

The fires in California have burnt over 3.8 million acres (1.5 million hectares) – an area nearly five times the size of Rhode Island – far exceeding any single year in state history. They have been stoked by increasingly frequent and prolonged bouts of extreme heat, high winds and dry-lightning sieges that scientists attribute to climate change.

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