Story at a glance
- The Northern California wildfire claimed more than 50,000 acres before being contained on Tuesday.
- At least eight fires are still burning in the state.
One of the more than 20 wildfires that have seared through both Californian land and resources has been successfully contained as of Oct. 13, according to Cal Fire.
The Zogg Fire, which started on Sept. 27, tore through 56,338 acres of land throughout Shasta County. The damage in terms of acreage is relatively low compared to that of other fires still burning, including the August Complex, Creek and SQF Complex Fires — each of which have burned more than 100,000 acres.
"Full containment has been reached," Cal Fire said in a release. "Firefighters will continue to patrol the area in the upcoming days."
The August Complex Fire recently made history by being the first single wildfire to tear through 1 million acres.
However, the Zogg Fire claimed the lives of four residents in the area, contributing to the 31 total deaths associated with the massive California wildfires.
The cause of the Zogg Fire remains under investigation.
Despite the conclusion of the Zogg Fire and steady progress being made with the other active flames, a red flag warning has been issued again for the San Francisco Bay Area, meaning conditions are ripe for another fire in Northern California.
Part of what has propagated the spread of California’s wildfires are the weather conditions; a lingering heat wave combined with strong winds and high dry fuel loads have been ideal conditions for fires to spread.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that dry weather continued into Wednesday early morning, and winds up to 38 miles per hour. Temperatures, too, are expected to remain high until Friday, with potential to cool over the weekend.
“All of the ingredients are there for possible fire starts,” meteorologist Will Pi told The Chronicle.