What we know Thursday: Zogg Fire containment nearly triples to 26%, now burning 55,303 acres

David Benda Michele Chandler Mike Chapman
Redding Record Searchlight

Firefighters are making progress on the Zogg Fire and are in "mop-up and patrol" on some areas on the east and south sections of the blaze.

Overnight, the fire barely grew by less than 300 acres to 55,303 acres and containment nearly tripled to 26% as of Thursday morning. 

Map of Zogg Fire for Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

"Firefighters had a very successful night that increased containment of the fire with minimal growth. Crews completed firing along critical areas of the fire line," Cal Fire said in its morning report.

On Wednesday, fire officials said they expect the amount of containment line around the fire to increase over the next few days. So far, crews have built a containment line west of Igo.

Here's what you should know about Shasta County's first major wildfire this season.

How many acres has the fire burned?

In its first half hour, the fast-moving Zogg Fire consumed 400 acres. Starting out as a vegetation fire, it broke out at 2:49 p.m. last Sunday on Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane north of Igo in Shasta County. By Monday night it had morphed into a 31,237-acre wildfire with 0% containment that was threatening more than 1,500 structures. On Wednesday night, the fire had charred 55,046 acres.

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What do we know about how the fire started?

Cal Fire has not determined what caused the fire and continues to investigate. The day the fire erupted, it was hot, dry and windy. The National Weather Service said wind speeds in the Igo area ranged from 30 mph to 40 mph.

The power had not been turned off on Zogg Mine Road at that time, but nothing is known about how or what started the fire. 

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How many people have died and has anyone been injured?

Four have died. Sheriff Eric Magrini on Wednesday confirmed a fourth person's death from burn injuries suffered in the fire. The victim was rushed to a Redding area hospital and died there. All four victims were civilians. The sheriff has declined to say where or how they were found. The coroner's office is identifying each and notifying their families.

Cal Fire in its report Thursday morning had not reported any injuries involving firefighters of first responders or civilians.

Is the fire still west of Clear Creek?

Yes. Fire officials were concerned about the fire jumping Clear Creek west of Redding, but Chris Waters, a Cal Fire operations chief, said on Wednesday the fire "laid down" in that area overnight and the fire containment line is holding at Clear Creek.

Is the fire's rate of growth slowing?

On Wednesday it did. The dry wind gusts that fanned the fire's explosive growth eased up. From Tuesday night to Wednesday night, the 55,000-acre wildfire grew by fewer than 5,000 acres.

The National Weather Service forecasts 7 mph to 9 mph north winds with a high of 102 degrees on Thursday. The temperature low at night is expected to be 66 degrees with 6 mph to 8 mph northwest winds becoming south.

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Where is the fire moving?

The fire was pushing west and south, To the northwest, it spread into Rector Peak and the Rainbow Lake area. To the south, it continued spreading into Tehama County.

Eventually, the fire could be swallowed by the lightning-sparked August Complex fires, which have been burning since mid-August west of Red Bluff and is up to nearly a million acres.

Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke of that possibility at a Monday press briefing.

The North Zone of the August Complex is churning through the forested parts of Trinity County in rural Northern California where it's crossed the winding, inland route of Highway 36 at the tiny community of Forest Glen. 

The north end of the August Complex is burning where Highway 36 takes motorists west to Humboldt County, land of the Emerald Triangle marijuana-growing territory, which includes Trinity and Mendocino counties. 

The valuable plants are maturing and nearing the fall harvest but could be destroyed by the fire. 

How many structures have been destroyed or damaged? 

The number of structures destroyed rose by one to 147. Nine structures were damaged. But authorities are still working to assess the destruction in the fire zone, so it is not yet know how many of these structures are homes, businesses, barns and sheds.

The structures threatened by the fire is unchanged at 1,538.

Which schools are closed?

Grant Elementary School, Shasta Elementary School and the Igo-Ono-Platina Union School District .

How many firefighters are on the fire?

As of Thursday morning, 1,337 personnel were assigned to fire. Their resources included 133 engines, 52 water tenders, 13 helicopters, 31 hand crews and 37 dozers, according to Cal Fire.

Fire suppression costs jumped to $7 million on Thursday morning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The Zogg Fire started Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2020, southwest of Redding.

Where are evacuations in place?

  • Fire line east to intersection of Placer Road and Texas Springs Road. This includes all homes on the south and north side of Placer between Diggins Way and Texas Springs.
  • South of South Fork Road and Zogg Mine Road south along Gas Point corridor, including all homes along Gas Point Road to Foster Drive.
  • Muletown Road, from Placer Road to north of Kanaka Lane, and all roads off Muletown.
  • Diggins Way south of Placer and all roads off Diggins.
  • Platina Road west to Tehama County line. Residents, evacuate eastbound Highway 36.
  • All areas off and north of Platina Road from Trinity Alps Preserve to Platina.
  • In Tehama County: Zone H – All areas north of Highway 36 to the Shasta County line from Vassar Road/Luce Griswald Road and west to Beegum.

The following are evacuation warnings in Tehama County only:

  • Zones C-1, C-2- All areas north of Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36, east of Mendocino National Forest boundary and west of Weemasoul Road/Halley Grade.
  • Zone E- All areas south of Vestal Road, east of Weemasoul Road, west of Cannon Road/ Redd Creek Road and north of Pettyjohn Road.
  • Zones F-1, F-2-All areas north of Halley Grade, west of Vestal Road/ Weemasoul Road and south of Highway 36.
  • Zone G- All areas noth of Vestal Road from Pope Drive west to Weemasould Road and North to Highway 36.
Chickens stay on the lawn as a house burns during the Zogg Fire on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Igo.

Which roads remain closed?

  • Clear Creek Road at Cloverdale Road
  • Gas Point Road at Foster Road
  • Highway 36 at Bowman Road
  • Highway 36 west at Highway 3
  • Texas Springs Road at Placer Road
  • Highway 36 at the Humboldt-Tehama counties border to the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 36 to Highway 36 and Bowman Road in Tehama County, according to Cal Fire

Where can I track the fire?

ENPLAN of Redding has an interactive map that displays satellite sensors as they detect fire. 

Click here to see the interactive map by ENPLAN.

Click here to see other maps that can help Californians stay in the know.