2:30PM Thursday: 2 Zogg Fire Victims Identified By Sheriff’s Office

Containment of the Zogg Fire has improved dramatically over the last day, now estimated at 26%. The fire covers 55,303 acres. Much of the growth over the past 24 hours has been in the Rainbow Lake Area and at the southern tip due to firing operations being done to strengthen control lines. Fire managers are discussing the possibility that a wind event could cause the August Lightning Complex to cross over from Tehama County and overtake the southern edge of the Zogg Fire, or it could wrap around from the west through Trinity County. At least 147 structures have been destroyed and more than 1500 are threatened.┬áThe Sheriff’s Office released the identity’s of two of the Zogg Fires 4 victims Thursday. 79-year-old Karin King of Igo was found deceased on Zogg Mine Road on Monday morning. 52-year-old Kenneth Vossen of Igo suffered burns while trying to escape the fire on Sunday. He was taken to U.C Davis Medical Center and succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The other 2 victims have not been publicly identified by the Sheriff’s Office. Cal-Fire officials say re-population of residents evacuated from the Zogg Fire zone may begin in some areas within the next 24 to 48 hours. It will likely begin with evacuated areas outside of the control lines, according to Cal-Fire Captain Isaac Sanchez.
Approximately 2500 people are evacuated, and the Red Cross has put up more than 200 families in local hotels. Officials have stressed that the cause is under investigation, despite an active rumor mill on social media. Mandatory evacuations include…

— Homes along Placer Road west of Texas Xprings and all side roads
— South of South Fork Road and Zogg Mine Road and all homes to the south along the Gas Point Corridor to Foster Drive
— Muletown Road from Placer to north of Kanaka Lane
— Platina Road west to the Tehama County line
— All areas north of Platina Road from Trinity Alps Reserve to Platina
— In Tehama County evacuation warnings were lifted Thursday for areas south of Highway 36, and a stretch of Highway 36 has reopened from Bowman Road to Tedoc Road.

Other road closures include
– Gaspoint Road at Foster Road
– Clear Creek Road at Cloverdale Road
– Texas Springs at Placer

A temporary evacuation point is the Holiday Market at Placer and Buenaventura. The center is open from 8AM to 10PM.

Both the Governor and the President have made disaster declarations for Shasta County, allowing 75% of firefighting costs to eventually be reimbursed. The south side of Whiskeytown National Recreation area is temporarily closed, and the entire lake is closed to boating, including kayaking and paddleboarding. This is because firefighting aircraft are using the lake to scoop water to drop on the Zogg Fire.