Death toll in Zogg Fire climbs to four

ANDERSON – The death toll in the Zogg Fire climbed to four Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

In a news release, Cal Fire said a civilian died of burn injuries at a hospital. Three other deaths were previously announced by Shasta County Sheriff-Coroner Eric Magrini.

The fire ignited shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, and as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, it had consumed 55,046 acres, or 86 square miles, and was 9 percent contained, Cal Fire said. At least 147 structures have been destroyed.

In an incident update, Cal Fire said the conflagration continues to burn in grass, oak woodland, chaparral and mixed timber.

“Hot and dry conditions are forecasted again for the evening with a northwest wind developing across the area,” Cal Fire said. “Firefighters will continue to establish containment lines.”

On Tuesday, a tree fell in the burned area and crushed a Shasta County Sheriff’s Office cruiser, the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.

“Thankfully, both deputies are uninjured; the cruiser was totaled,” the sheriff’s office said. “This is why the public is not allowed to enter closed areas until cleared for safety.”

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Author: Jason Green