North Bay wildfires explode into 11,000-acre monster devouring homes

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Propelled by high winds, three separate wildfires in Napa and Sonoma are tearing through a parched landscape at an alarming rate and had burned through 11,000 acres, devoured dozens of homes and triggered thousands of evacuations in only a little over 24 hours, Cal Fire reported Monday morning.

The Glass Fire was first reported as a 20-acre blaze at 4 a.m. Sunday on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road in Deer Park.

The Shady Fire and Boysen Fire west of St. Helena are believed to be spot fires of the Glass Fire and were reported by officials near the Napa-Sonoma county line.

Flames destroyed several homes in eastern Santa Rosa’s Skyhawk neighborhood overnight and jumped Highway 12 into Oakmont, triggering the senior community of Oakmont to evacuate.

Cal Fire hasn’t released any preliminary information on the number of homes burned, but said more than 8,000 structures are threatened.

“Crews have reported the fire has had short-range spotting with wind driven runs,” Cal Fire said in its Monday morning incident report. “A red flag waning is in effect through today for strong and gusty offshore winds, low humidity, and dry fuels. The fire has been at a dangerous rate of spread and has expanded into Sonoma County.”

Dozens of evacuation orders are in effect but the most recent ones include mandatory evacuations from the city of Santa Rosa for the entirety of the Northeast 2 and Northeast 3/Middle Rincon zones as the Shady fire continues to threaten the eastern part of the city.

Northeast 2 includes all areas east of Brush Creek Road, north of Montecito Boulevard, west of Calistoga road and south of the city boundary north of Badger Road.

Northeast 3/Middle Rincon includes all areas east of Mission Boulevard, north of Highway 12, south of Montecito Boulevard and west of Calistoga Road.

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Find a map of current evacuation zones here.

There are 1,070 personnel assigned to the fires along with 133 engines, 22 water tenders, five helicopters and 35 dozers.

The cause of the fires is not yet known.

Amy Graff is the news editor for SFGATE. Email her: [email protected]

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