UPDATED 10:49 AM PT – Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Thousands of residents in California continue to evacuate their homes with officials battling wildfires in the state’s wine country.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, authorities in California said firefighters were responding to 19 new wildfires that broke out across the state over the weekend.
The two largest blazes, the Zogg and Glass Fires, grew exponentially due to heavy winds with officials struggling to contain the wind-driven fires.
“Sitting in the wildland interface area here in California with all those interface areas, these fires become very disastrous with the amount of structures in populous that’s impacted,” said Bill See of Cal Fire’s Incident Team. “Currently, we have multiple priorities on this incident, not only over in the Napa Valley area.”
On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties due to the “substantial” amount of structures that have been left to ash as a result of the two massive blazes.
Additionally, the Zogg Fire has reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least three people living in Shasta County.
Authorities are still investigating the initial cause of the two massive wildfires and are urging the public to buckle down with months still to go in the California fire season.
Since the beginning of the fire season, officials said roughly 3.8 million acres have burned in California this year.