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Bobcat Fire has damaged or destroyed at least 115 homes and continues to burn with 84% containment

The Bobcat Fire has damaged or destroyed at least 115 homes and dozens other structures as it continues to burn through the Angeles National Forest after igniting nearly a month ago, officials said Saturday.

Firefighters have largely gained the upper hand on the blaze, which had burned 114,963 acres, or 179.6 square miles, and was 84% contained as of Saturday morning — up from 75% two days ago.

Aided by strong winds and insufficient firefighting resources, the Bobcat Fire advanced on the Antelope Valley foothills in mid-September, ripping a path of destruction along the way.

Completely destroyed are 87 homes and 83 other buildings. The fire has also damaged 28 more homes and another 19 structures. Many of the homes destroyed were in the Juniper Hills area.

“The number of damaged and destroyed buildings may rise as damage assessment teams continue to gather accurate data from properties spanning over 114,900+ acres,” officials said in the federal InciWeb page.

On Saturday, the fire was expected to mainly smolder in the hot areas but stay within its existing burn footprint, where crews planned to spend the day mopping up, patrolling and improving containment lines.

But at an interior island northeast of Mt. Wilson, a pocket of fire will continue to consume another 300 acres within the fire control lines in an area with steep, rugged terrain that has been difficult for firefighters to access.

“Heavy smoke may be visible during peak heat hours as this internal island of fuel burns,” fire officials said.

Crews will be patrolling the area and looking out for fire spotting and other alarming behavior in temperatures over 90 degrees and low humidities.

Firefighters struggled to contain the fast-moving fire early in the battle as flames tore through extremely dry and rugged brush, set trees ablaze and spotted

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‘We won’t watch our neighborhood burn’: Neighbor refused to evacuate Glass Fire to help save homes in Napa County

ANGWIN, Calif. (KGO) — The small town of Angwin in Napa County was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after fear the Glass Fire may move into the small community home to 3,800 people.

Unlike most people, Dave Babcock stayed behind.

“I’ve been going around here cleaning out the gutters on this side of the street… often when you see houses go up… it’s because of the gutters,” he said.

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Babcock considers himself an ordinary guy, but to his neighbors he’s a hero.

“I was up most of the night watering down the houses and watching where it was going,” he said.

Babcock and his neighbor have been taking turns staying up to keep an eye on six homes along their street.

“We won’t watch our neighborhood burn.”

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“This is brave what you’re doing,” ABC7 News reporter Stephanie Sierra said. “Do you get scared?”

“No I’m a firm believer in God,” he replied. “I hope we get through this.”

Evacuee William Kenner is also relying on his faith – even though he already lost everything.

“12 vehicles, two cabins, it’s been in my family for 105 years. Yep, all gone,” said Kenner.

Now, he’s committed to helping others not go through the same pain.

“I’m trying to protect my friends place, it burned all the way around there last month,” he said. “We’re just expecting it to come over the hill… we’re doing the best we can.”

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Glass Fire forces all of Calistoga to evacuate as North Bay homes and wineries burn

SANTA ROSA — A fast-moving wildfire that tore across Napa and Sonoma counties in the early hours of Monday morning destroyed homes on the eastern edge of this city and forced at least 70,000 North Bay residents to flee, many in hasty late-night evacuations.



a tree in front of a sunset: CALISTOGA, CA - SEPT. 28: The Glass Fire burns behind the Kelly Fleming Wines in Calistoga, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Calistoga is under mandatory evacuation tonight. The evacuation order is in effect for everyone south of Lincoln Avenue. Evacuees are being urged to avoid using southbound Highway 29 to Napa, Petrified Forest Road and the Silverado Trail. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)


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CALISTOGA, CA – SEPT. 28: The Glass Fire burns behind the Kelly Fleming Wines in Calistoga, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Calistoga is under mandatory evacuation tonight. The evacuation order is in effect for everyone south of Lincoln Avenue. Evacuees are being urged to avoid using southbound Highway 29 to Napa, Petrified Forest Road and the Silverado Trail. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

But there was better news by Monday evening, when firefighters that had been struggling at the start of the day to defend homes and neighborhoods were cautiously optimistic that weather conditions had turned in their favor, as the ferocious dry winds that drove the fire’s explosive growth appeared to have died down.

“We don’t have those critical burning conditions that we were experiencing those last two nights,” Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said at a briefing late Monday. Fire crews, he said, “are feeling much more confident tonight when we were last night.”

The Glass Fire, the largest in the Bay Area and one of 27 blazes currently burning around California, more than tripled in size Monday to cover 36,236 acres as of around 5 p.m., with zero containment, according to Cal Fire. The entire city of Calistoga was ordered to evacuate Monday evening.

The blaze is made up of three fires that merged late Sunday and raced across the landscape. Nicholls said strong winds hurled embers over the Napa River and nearby vineyards, sparking spot fires on both sides of the Napa Valley

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California residents again face fire anguish as homes burn

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Flames from the Glass Fire consume the Glass Mountain Inn, late Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Helena, Calif.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting overnight evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people.

Residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses in the darkness overnight, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky.

The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer all patients elsewhere.

The fires that began Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine country about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of San Francisco came as the region nears the third anniversary of deadly wildfires that erupted in 2017, including one that killed 22 people. Just a month ago, many of those same residents were evacuated from the path of a lightning-sparked fire that became the fourth-largest in state history.

“Our firefighters have not had much of a break, and these residents have not had much of a break,” said Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin evacuated her home in the Oakmont community of Santa Rosa about 1 a.m. She is rebuilding a home damaged in the 2017 fires. Gorin told the San Francisco Chronicle that she is numb, and the situation feels surreal.

“It’s like God has no sympathy, no empathy for Sonoma County,” she said.

More than 53,000 people in Sonoma

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Three dead as multiple wildfires in California burn homes, prompt evacuations

Multiple blazes were burning out of control in Northern California on Monday, killing three people, destroying an untold number of homes and prompting thousands to evacuate in a state already battered by wildfires in recent months.

Eddy Whitmore evacuates from his Santa Rosa, Calif., home as the Shady Fire approaches on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.Noah Berger / AP

In Shasta County, Sheriff Eric Magrini said that three people died after the Zogg Fire exploded in size, jumping from a few hundred acres Sunday afternoon to 15,000 less than 24 hours later.

Magrini did not provide additional details about the victims, saying that their next of kin still need to be notified. But he pleaded with residents to heed evacuation orders.

“This is fast-moving,” he said. “When you hear that order, evacuate immediately.”

According to the California Department of Fire and Forest Protection, or Cal Fire, the blaze, which ignited southwest of the city of Redding, had no containment on Monday afternoon.

Five hundred structures were threatened by the blaze, a CalFire spokesman said earlier. He added that reports of damaged and destroyed buildings have not been confirmed by the department.

North of the San Francisco Bay Area, in Napa and Sonoma counties, the Glass Fire rapidly scorched more than 36,000 acres and is zero percent contained, according to Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nichols. It started early Sunday in Napa Valley and roared west overnight, merging with two other fires and burning through vineyards and buildings, fire officials said.

At least 8,500 structures are threatened by it, according to NBC Bay Area. No injuries or deaths have been confirmed, Nichols said, though Nichols said he’d heard reports of burned residents and injured firefighters.

State Sen. Bill Dodd, who represents the area, estimated that hundreds of homes, wineries and other

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