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New wildfires in the Napa-Sonoma wine country force nearly 70,000 to flee homes

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 involving nearly 70,000 people. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

Residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses, 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 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 68,000 people in Sonoma and Napa counties have been evacuated in the latest inferno, one of 27 major fire clusters burning across the state, said Berlant. Many more residents have been warned that they might have to flee, even though

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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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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.
(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

“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.
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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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Multiple wildfires in California burn homes, prompt evacuations

Multiple blazes were burning out of control in California’s wine country on Monday, prompting thousands to evacuate and scorching an untold number of homes and businesses in a state already battered by wildfires in recent months.

Image: Eddy Whitmore evacuates from his Santa Rosa, Calif., home as the Shady Fire approaches (Noah Berger / AP)
Image: Eddy Whitmore evacuates from his Santa Rosa, Calif., home as the Shady Fire approaches (Noah Berger / AP)

In Napa and Sonoma counties, the Glass Fire rapidly scorched 11,000 acres and is zero percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. 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 2,000 structures are currently threatened by it, according to NBC Bay Area. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

State Sen. Bill Dodd, who represents the area, estimated that hundreds of homes, wineries and other businesses were destroyed after the blaze exploded on Sunday night amid powerful winds and high temperatures.

“This was pretty devastating,” Dodd told NBC News after touring areas hit hard by the fire. “Just literally hundreds and hundreds of homes devastated with nothing standing.”

Among the well-known businesses that Dodd said burned were Calistoga Ranch, a luxury resort, and parts of Meadowood, a resort with a Michelin-starred restaurant. Also lost in the fire was the Château Boswell Winery in St. Helena, a family-owned winery founded in 1979.

The burned remains of Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2020. (State Sen. Bill Dodd)
The burned remains of Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2020. (State Sen. Bill Dodd)

“It was like a nuclear bomb went off,” Dodd said of Calistoga Ranch. “You couldn’t see anything green anywhere. It was just utter devastation.”

The blaze also made a run toward Santa Rosa, a city of nearly 175,000 in Sonoma County that lost hundreds of homes three years ago

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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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