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Glass Fire: Live maps, evacuation information and road closures

Some evacuation orders in Santa Rosa and Calistoga have been downgraded to warnings.

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — Every firefighter who could work came to work and most are still out there, Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner said during a press conference Tuesday. 

As firefighters that haven’t slept since Sunday, worked to protect homes and mop up hot spots, homeowners like Leo Sheerin are breathing a sigh of relief.

“I don’t know I guess it’s God’s grace that we still have a house to live in,” Sheerin said. “So many people lost their homes.”

He stayed behind during evacuations, just like he did during the Tubbs Fire in 2017.

“No, you can’t sleep during that when you see that whole ridge across burning,” Sheerin said. “No, you’re not going to get any sleep knowing how fast it moves.”

Meanwhile, many Santa Rosa homeowners that did chose to evacuate on Sunday returned on foot to check on their homes two days later.

Eighty structures, described by Cal Fire as “single-family residences” have been destroyed across two counties, as 28 of those structures are in Sonoma County.

“Seeing it standing is kind of important, but we’re just thankful we’re still alive!” Karen Jones, an evacuee said.

Jones and her family came back to pull out valuables, basic essentials and even something for their dog.

“He wouldn’t leave the house without the dog bed!” she said.

Still, she says her family has become all too familiar with evacuations like these that continue to happen, year after year.

“California has had a lot of stuff happen in the last couple of years and it’s just unfortunate that it keeps happening,” she said. “It’s just like, how much more can one state take?”

Jones is hopeful her home will be ok, this time around, even

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California Wine Country Wildfire Forrest Evacuation of Hospital, Homes

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A home is seen fully engulfed in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, California, U.S. September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam.

By Stephen Lam and Steve Gorman I Reuters

A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country to spread across nearly 2,000 acres (809 hectares), forcing the evacuation of a hospital and hundreds of homes, authorities said.

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Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighborhoods and vineyards at the northern end of the famed wine-growing valley and surrounding hillsides, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco.

The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent communities of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames reaching within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.

All 55 patients there at the time were safely evacuated by ambulance and helicopter over the course of five hours from about 7 a.m., hospital spokeswoman Linda Williams told Reuters.

“We had ambulances lined up from all over the Bay area,” she said, adding that although smoke shrouded the facility, the skies above were clear enough for helicopters’ airlift efforts.

It was the second wildfire-related evacuation of the 151-bed hospital in a month, after a massive cluster of lightning-sparked blazes that swept several counties north of the San Francisco Bay region in August.

Authorities ordered about 600 homes evacuated on Sunday, with residents of 1,400 more warned to be ready to flee at a moment’s notice, said Tyree Zander, a spokesman for the state’s forestry and fire protection department (CalFire). The notices affected at least 5,000 people, he added.

By evening, flames stoked by winds gusting up to 50 mph

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California wildfires rage as wine country blaze forces evacuation of hospital, thousands of homes

Thousands of homes and a hospital have been evacuated in California’s wine country as a fast-spreading wildfire has exploded in size Monday with another day of dangerous fire conditions in a badly scorched state.

Cal Fire said the blazes, dubbed the Glass Incident, have now grown to at least 11,000 acres and remains 0% contained as it threatens neighborhoods and vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco. The blaze started early Sunday.

“Two additional fires have started overnight and been merged with the Glass Incident,” the agency said Monday morning.

WILDFIRE ERUPTS IN CALIFORNIA’S NAPA COUNTY, EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS OVER ‘DANGEROUS RATE OF SPREAD’

The wildfire began as the Glass Fire north of St. Helena before moving at a “dangerous rate of spread.”

A firetruck travels on the Silverado Trail as a hillside goes up in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.

A firetruck travels on the Silverado Trail as a hillside goes up in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.
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“We woke up in the middle of the night and saw flames,” Jan Zakin of St. Helena told KGO-TV. “I was in my underwear, there was a car on fire blocking access out, my dog ran away, I still haven’t found her, we left with nothing, just literally with nothing. We’re so lucky to be alive.”

No injuries have been reported yet, but over,8,500 structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire.

Flames from the Glass Fire lick up a tree in St. Helena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.

Flames from the Glass Fire lick up a tree in St. Helena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.
(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Flames reached within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital, where all 55 patients were safely evacuated by ambulance and helicopter over a five-hour period starting at 7 a.m. Sunday.

“We had ambulances lined up from all over the Bay area,” hospital

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California wine country wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes and one hospital

Wildfire flames engulfed part of California’s wine country, prompting widescale evacuations of the area.



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Hundreds of homes in Napa and Sonoma counties were evacuated as the Grass Fire continues to spread throughout more than 2,500 acres. As of Monday morning, the blaze was 0% contained.

The fire started north of St. Helena, California, roughly 75 miles north of San Francisco, on Sunday morning and has been growing at a “dangerous rate of spread,” according to officials with Cal Fire. At least 2,268 structures are in the path of the fire, including a hospital, which had to evacuate 55 patients.

“For the safety of our patients and associates, Adventist Health St. Helena is temporarily suspending emergency and hospital care, and all patients will be transferred, due to the Glass Fire. Emergency contacts will be informed about their loved ones’ new hospital location,” the hospital announced on Sunday.

Several wineries caught fire overnight, including the 41-year-old Chateau Boswell Winery in St.Helena. Many homes are reported to have burned.

California has been battling fires throughout the state for the past several weeks. As of Thursday, more than 3.6 million acres had burned, more than 7,600 structures had been destroyed, and 26 people had died in the state because of the fires, according to Cal Fire.

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California wine country wildfire forces evacuation of hospital, hundreds of homes

ST. HELENA, Calif. (Reuters) – A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country and spread across more than 1,000 acres (404 hectares), forcing the evacuation of several hundreds homes and a hospital, authorities said.

Flames are seen on a hill above a vineyard on Crystal Springs Road during the Glass Fire in Deer Park, California, U.S. September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighborhoods and vineyards in the northwest corner of the famed wine-growing valley, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco.

The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent towns of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames advancing to within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.

All 55 patients who were at the hospital at the time were safely evacuated by ambulance and helicopter over the course of five hours, beginning around 7 a.m. in the morning, hospital spokeswoman Linda Williams told Reuters.

“We had ambulances lined up from all over the Bay area,” she said, adding that while the facility was surrounded by smoke, the skies over the hospital itself remained clear enough for helicopters to land and take off with patients who needed to be evacuated by air.

It was the second wildfire-related evacuation of the 151-bed hospital since August, coming on the heels of a massive cluster of lightning-sparked blazes that swept several counties north of the San Francisco Bay region.

Some 600 homes were placed under evacuation orders, with residents of another 1,400 dwellings warned to be ready to flee at a moment’s notice, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) spokesman Tyree Zander.

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