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