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Wildfire in Napa County CA forces evacuations near Calistoga

Another Northern California wildfire started Sunday morning in Napa County after weather forecasters warned of fire danger due to high winds.

The wildfire, called the Glass Fire, is burning east of Calistoga and west of Angwin at 800 acres after Cal Fire first reported it at 4:45 a.m.

Cal Fire’s Lake-Napa-Sonoma Unit said that the vegetation fire had a “dangerous rate of spread” and was pushing toward the community of Deer Park.

Several evacuation orders are already in place, including Deer Park, which has a population of about 1,200. All residents of Crystal Springs and North Fork Crystal Springs roads have been told to leave. College Avenue between Howell Mountain Road and White Cottage Road has also been evacuated. All of Freisen Drive and Lommel Road were also included in evacuation orders.

Adventist Health St. Helena, a hospital in Deer Park, was forced to stop all medical treatment and transfer all patients out due to the fire.

Some structures appear to have been caught in the blaze. A photographer for The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa recorded video of a home swallowed up by flames, with its roof caved in.

An evacuation center is open at Crosswalk Community Church in Napa.

Firefighters have yet to contain the fire and are anticipating poor conditions.

“We are expecting winds throughout the day as forecasted,” Cal Fire LNU wrote in a social media update.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Vincent Moleski covers business and breaking news for The Bee and is a graduate student in literature at Sacramento State. He was born and raised in Sacramento and previously wrote for the university’s student newspaper, the State Hornet.

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Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

A fire engine is driven through the devastation left behind by the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Juniper Hills, Calif.

A fire engine is driven through the devastation left behind by the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Juniper Hills, Calif.

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An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California.

Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning and more than 5,600 square miles (14,500 square kilometers) have been charred, an area larger than the state of Connecticut, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

At 165 square miles (427 square kilometers), the Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County after burning for more than two weeks. It was only about 15% contained.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for thousands of residents in foothill and desert areas, where semi-rural homes and a popular nature sanctuary have burned. Statewide, at least 23,000 people remain evacuated, Newsom said.

No injuries have been reported for the fire about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

However, 18 homes and other buildings have been destroyed and 11 damaged, some in the Juniper Hills area, with the toll rising to perhaps 85 when damage assessment teams can complete their work this week, fire officials said Monday evening.

Erratic winds that drove flames into the community of Juniper Hills over the weekend had died down, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Larry Smith.

“It’s slightly cooler too, so hopefully that will be a help to firefighters,” Smith said.

However, evacuation warnings — meaning residents should be prepared to flee if ordered — remained in effect for Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl and the annual Rose Parade, and Wrightwood, a mountain community near several

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