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Number of homes destroyed in Glass Fire increases as winds forecast to pick up

With a hot and dry air mass overhead, the Glass Fire in the North Bay swelled 5,000 acres overnight and more spread is expected Thursday with winds kicking up.

The burn area that’s northeast of Santa Rosa grew from 51,266 acres Wednesday night to 56,781 acres Thursday morning. Containment increased from 2% to 5%, according to Cal Fire’s Thursday morning incident report.

Flames have destroyed more than 200 structures, including 143 single-family homes. Of those homes, 36 are in Sonoma County and 107 in Napa County. (See Cal Fire’s full report for further information on structure damage.) A total of 27,000 structures remain threatened.

New evacuation warnings were announced last night for people living north of Calistoga. (You can find details on the order here.)


Firefighters are preparing for winds to pick up Thursday into Friday, focusing on building containment lines and protecting structures before fire activity resurges.

“We’re looking at a similar wind event to when this fire first ignited three days ago,” Cal Fire incident commander Billy See said in a Wednesday afternoon press briefing. “We’re preparing for the worst-case scenario and hoping for the best. Our firefighters will be working to maintain lines.”

Ahead of the wind event, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the North Bay mountains 1 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday with gusts up to 30 mph possible at the highest elevations.

“This wind event is going to be serious enough for everyone to pay attention,” added Santa Rosa Fire Chief Anthony Gossner. “You need to pay attention. It’s vital. Everyone keeps asking how serious is it? We don’t know how serious it will be until it happens.”

Cal Fire officials will give an update on the fire in a briefing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. You can watch

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