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A building at the Meadowood Napa Valley luxury resort burns after the Glass Fire moved St. Helena, California, on Monday. Photo: by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Three people have died in a wildfire in Northern California and tens of thousands were evacuated across the state, as firefighters contended with strong winds and dry conditions that saw blazes explode across the state on Monday.

Driving the news: Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini confirmed the deaths occurred as the Zogg Fire spread across 15,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of 1,200 people. More than 5o,000 people were under evacuation orderds, per AP.

  • Meanwhile, the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to California's wine country, merged with two new fires that started over Sunday night, and burned more than 11,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. A least one winery has been charred, per KPIX.
  • The Glass and Zogg incidents were both 0% contained, Cal Fire reported Monday afternoon.
  • Red Flag Warnings remained in place over much of Northern California on Monday. The warnings were also in effect in parts of Southern California, due to gusty winds and dry air, "creating critical fire weather conditions," Cal Fire said, adding that similar conditions are expected for the rest of this week.
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The big picture: A total of 27 major wildfires with over 18,000 firefighters on the front lines burned across California as of Monday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

  • Blazes also continued to rage across the western part of the U.S., including 14 reported in Idaho, 11 in Oregon and 10 in Montana, per per the National Interagency Fire Center.

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Dec 29, 2020 - Health

Stay-at-home order extended for Southern California, San Joaquin Valley

A nurse tightens her gown in the ICU at Providence St. Jude Medical Center Christmas Day in Fullerton, California. Photo: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California's regional stay-at-home order has been extended for Southern California and San Joaquin Valley, officials announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The expected move came as the ICU capacity in both regions remained at 0%, the state health department said. Southern California and San Joaquin Valley have been under the order since Dec. 6.

The front-runners for Biden's Supreme Court pick

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson (left) and Justice Leondra Kruger (right) Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images and Lonnie Tague, US Department of Justice

Two highly accomplished Black female judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court — are seen as the early front-runners to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The big picture: Jackson is a powerful federal judge with a record that progressives feel they can trust. Kruger was a highly regarded litigator and has carved out a reputation for working well with conservative judges.

Fed: Rate hikes are near

The Federal Reserve's headquarters building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve is on track to raise its main target interest rate in mid-March, as Chair Jerome Powell pledged to be "humble and nimble" in adapting policy to a fast-changing economy.

Why it matters: Fed leaders are looking to choke off inflation by raising interest rates in the near future, but keeping its options open for how fast and far the effort will go.

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