3 dead, 146 buildings destroyed, as Zogg Fire grows by 50% overnight

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Fueled by strong winds, the Zogg Fire is continuing to burn through a rural area of Shasta County with zero containment according to fire officials. The wildfire has now killed three people and destroyed 146 buildings while continuing to threaten another 1,538 homes, businesses and other structures, various sources have reported.

As of this morning, the massive blaze had consumed 40,317 acres, growing by 50% overnight from 31,000 acres the previous evening, according to Cal Fire officials.


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“Based on the Sheriff’s proclamation of a Local Emergency on Sunday night as a result of the
Zogg Fire, Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an emergency proclamation for Shasta
County,” Shasta County Sheriff’s Office announced this afternoon. The emergency proclamation will help ensure the availability of vital resources needed to suppress the ongoing wildfire, according to Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini and other officials.

The Zogg Fire, which grew by 50% overnight to 40,317 acres, has killed three people and destroyed nearly 150 buildings, according to Cal Fire officials. Noah Berger/AP photos

With zero containment and the fire expected to continue growing throughout the day, “every area of this fire is a concern,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Toni Davis said earlier today.

However, with winds expected to tail off and change direction today, Cal Fire officials have said they are hopeful the change in weather would help firefighters begin to gain containment over the blaze. 

“The weather’s given us a break,” incident commander Sean Kavanaugh said today at a late morning briefing.

“We’re starting to get a foothold though,” Kavanaugh continued. “We’re starting to get the resources in. That’s important, and we’ll see how we do the rest of the week.”

“Light winds, high temperatures, low humidities and a lack of resources will continue to challenge firefighters today,” Cal Fire officials reported in a Tuesday morning incident report, adding that the estimated 700 personnel battling the blaze will “continue to focus on structure defense and increasing containment lines.”

As of the latest report, more than 1,200 residents have been evacuated, and more evacuations could be called for if the fire continues to expand, according to Magrini.

The Zogg Fire is one of more than two dozen wildfires that are continuing to ravage the state, with more than 18,700 firefighters currently battling the blazes; and the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation is expected to bring many more firefighters and additional resources to the state.

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Earlier today, Shasta County Coroner officials confirmed three deaths have been reported due to the fire. However, none of the victim’s names, ages, or genders have been provided, pending further investigation, positive identification, and notification of the victim’s families.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.