The glass fire, which started as a 20-acre bushfire near Deer Park, could continue to spread due to winds expected throughout the day, Cal Fire said. The fire is included at 0%.
The fire was reported at 3:50 a.m. PT, said Napa County spokeswoman Janet Upton. The fire burns near St. Helena, about 40 km east of Santa Rosa. Cal Fire said the cause is being investigated.
Upton said about 660 homes – or about 2,000 people – have been evacuated. St. Helena Hospital has been evacuated out of caution, the second time the hospital has been evacuated this fire season.
Residents are heeding the warnings, said Henry Wofford, spokesman for the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.
“We activated the high-low siren on our vehicles because we knew we had to get people out of there quickly,” said Wofford. “When you hear that high-low siren from cars as we drive through their neighborhoods, they know it’s time to evacuate. The motto is, ‘If I can hear it, it’s time to go.'”
Craig Philpott posted photos and videos on his Twitter account showing the glass fire blazing red overnight and the smoke from the fire choking the air on Sunday morning.
California’s five of the top ten largest fires in the state in terms of acreage in 2020 occurred and are still burning.