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California wildfires have burned more than 4 million acres this year

October 4, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A firefighter passes flames while battling the Glass Fire in a Calistoga, Calif., vineyard on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires across California have burned "well over" 4 million acres so far this year, the state's fire agency said Sunday.

(CNN)Wildfires across California have burned "well over" 4 million acres so far this year, the state's fire agency said Sunday.

Cal Fire said in a statement that more than 16,500 firefighters are trying to contain 23 major wildfires and responded Saturday to 27 new fires.

The Glass Fire in wine country has burned 63,885 acres across Napa and Sonoma counties and is 17% contained, according to Cal Fire LNU.

The deadly Zogg Fire blazing in Shasta and Tehama counties has burned 56,305 acres and is 68% contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The SCU and LNU lightning Complex Fires that are now contained were the third- and fourth-largest wildfires in California's history, charring an area close to the size of Rhode Island.

They burned for more than six weeks before firefighters were able to bring them to 100% containment.

Thirty-one people have died so far this year in connection to the fires, more than 8,454 structures have been destroyed and about 100,000 people have had to be evacuated, Cal Fire said.

"It's like we can't run away," resident Jan Zakin told CNN.

The wildfires have also decimated California's wine valley.

The Glass Fire has destroyed 826 structures, according to Cal Fire.

The Zogg Fire has destroyed 196 structures, Cal Fire said in a morning update.

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