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‘We just don’t have words’: At least 3 dead as California wildfires explode in wine country, forcing thousands to flee

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SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of fire-sapped California residents were forced to flee a pair of new blazes on Monday that have killed at least three people, torched nearly 70,000 acres and prompted a state of emergency in three counties.

The breakneck Zogg Fire had burned through 31,200 acres near Redding in Northern California, while the Glass Fire had charred more than 36,200 acres in the Napa and Sonoma wine country north of San Francisco, according to Cal Fire. Both fires were at 0% containment as of Monday night.

The fires, driven by gusty winds, burned several structures on Sunday night into Monday morning, including homes in Santa Rosa, as well as the Chateau Boswell winery and the nearby Black Rock Inn in the Napa County town of St. Helena. The area contains more than five dozen wineries.

“That fire last night was moving at about 40 mph because of the wind, down the hill into the city of Santa Rosa, and we’re hoping for better conditions here today,” state Sen. Mike McGuire told KTVU-TV.

“We just don’t have words,” said McGuire, a Democrat who represents Healdsburg in Sonoma County. “It’s an incredibly trying and emotional time right now.”

Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini confirmed three fatalities at the Zogg Fire during a Monday afternoon press conference, but declined to provide further details.Evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people were issued in Napa and Sonoma counties, where two smaller offshoots of the Glass Fire, the Shady and Boysen fires, merged to expand the blaze. Paul Lowenthal, a Cal Fire spokesman, said more than 13,000 homes were threatened in Santa Rosa.

The entire town of Calistoga, population 5,200, was put under evacuation orders on Monday night, according to Cal Fire.

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