Sunday night saw a flurry of wildfire action stoked by dry conditions and howling winds throughout Northern California. As firefighters continue to battle the flames, evacuate residents and protect homes, they may be in for a long day of high winds and increased wildfire activity today.
Winds up to 65 mph will bring critical fire weather to the North State on Monday, leaving the collective area in fear of new fires starting and current ones growing to devastating proportions. The National Weather Service has announced a Red Flag Fire Warning throughout NorCal until 9 pm Monday:
The winds are expected to intensify on Monday morning with dry conditions, the perfect storm for a wildfire catastrophe.
The fires that began on Sunday were fueled by intense winds and have destroyed many structures as of Monday morning. In Sonoma and Napa counties, the Shady Fire and Glass Fire have grown to dangerous sizes in the areas of St. Helena and Santa Rosa, destroying numerous houses in the process.
The Glass Mountain Inn in St. Helena burns as the #GlassFire burns through the area. Multiple structures are burning as the out of control fire has scorched more than 1,500 acres. #RedFlagWarning pic.twitter.com/qUbFo3k8ZG— Justin Sullivan (@sullyfoto) September 28, 2020
In Shasta County, the fast-moving Zogg Fire destroyed homes in the towns of Igo and Ono, quickly growing to 7,000 acres by Sunday night. The fire currently sits just west of Redding, which could see a dangerous situation if the winds intensify over the day on Monday.
In Butte County, the North Complex Fire grew in areas northeast of Lake Oroville, forcing evacuations in Concow and Paradise, which were devastated by the Camp Fire in 2018.
Avoid any activity that could cause a fire and heed all evacuations warnings pertaining to wildfires.