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Glass Fire: Napa County’s bushfire is growing rapidly to at least 1,000 acres, forcing the hospital to evacuate



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.

Marin County firefighters tackle the glass fire on Sunday, September 27, in Calistoga, California.

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.

Evacuation orders are in place for parts of the area, and an evacuation center has opened at Crosswalk Community Church in Napa, according to the Napa County Office of Emergency Services.

Residents are heeding the warnings, said Henry Wofford, spokesman for the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

A Marin County firefighter battles the glass fire in Calistoga, California on Sunday, September 27.

“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.

Critical fire weather conditions prevail in much of Northern California and in parts of the counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino. Drought, strong winds, dry vegetation and above-average temperatures are expected in the fire-weary west.
The fire continues a remarkable wildfire season in the western United States that scientists are warning that it is a preview of a new normal as human activity and carbon emissions make the earth hotter and drier.
Nine months a year, more than 44,000 fires in the U.S. have set more than 7.1 million acres on fire, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. That is already 1 million hectares more than the annual average of the last 10 years. An average of 46,409 fires are reported each year.

California’s five of the top ten largest fires in the state in terms of acreage in 2020 occurred and are still burning.


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