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Glass fire: Napa County’s brush fire grows rapidly to at least 1,000 acres, forcing the hospital to evacuate



The Glass Fire, which started as a 20-acre wildfire near Deer Park, could spread further from winds that are expected throughout the day, Cal Fire said. The fire is contained to 0%.

The fire was reported at 3:50 am. PT, Napa County spokeswoman Janet Upton said. The fire is burning near Sant’Elena, about 25 miles east of Santa Rosa. Cal Fire said the lawsuit is under investigation.

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

Upton said around 660 homes – or around 2,000 people – have been evacuated. St. Helena Hospital has been evacuated out of caution, the second time the hospital has evacuated this fire season.

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

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

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

“We activated the high-low siren on our vehicles because we knew we had to get people out of there quickly,” Wofford said. “When they hear that high-low siren coming from the cars as we drove 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 that show the red glass fire burning at night and the smoke from the fire choking the air on Sunday morning.

Critical weather conditions exist in much of Northern California and parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Drought, strong winds, dry vegetation and above-average temperatures are expected across the fire-weary West.
The fire continues an extraordinary fire season in the western United States that scientists warn is a preview of a new normal as human activity and carbon emissions make the earth warmer and drier.
Nine months of the year, more than 44,000 fires in the United States burned more than 7.1 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. This is already 1 million acres burned more than the annual average of the last 10 years. There are an average of 46,409 fires every year.

In California, five of the 10 largest fires in the state in recorded history, in terms of area, occurred in 2020 and are still burning.


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