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Wildfires Continue To Devastate Northern California -- What Will It Take To Change Policies?

Carlos Avila Gonzalez / SF Chronicle
Several people stop along Highway 29 to watch the Glass Fire burn between St. Helena and Calistoga, Calif., on Monday, September 28, 2020.

On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the ongoing wildfires in Northern California. We're now approaching a record four million acres burned this year and fire season is not over.

On Sunday, three fires merged in Napa and Sonoma Counties, forcing nearly 70,000 residents to evacuate. The Glass Fire, which has burned more than 42,000 acres, is only two percent contained, according to Cal Fire. On Sunday afternoon, just 200 miles north of the Glass Fire, another fire started. The Zogg fire has destroyed at least 146 structures and consumed more than 40,000 acres across Shasta County. Three people have tragically died from that fire. 


Don Hankins, pyrogeographer and professor of Geography and Planning at California State University at Chico, and a Plains Miwok fire expert who studies Indigenous traditional knowledge.


Web Resources: 

SF Chronicle, Michael Cabanatuan and Roland Li: Uncontrolled Glass Fire still raging in Napa Valley, Calistoga and Santa Rosa: ‘Like a bomb went off’ 

The New York Times, Tim Arango, Johnny Diaz and Carly Stern: 3 Killed in Fresh Wildfires in Northern California 

USA Today, Jordan Culver: 'Simply heartbroken': Photos show Glass Fire's devastating impact on Chateau Boswell winery in California's Napa Valley