SANTA ROSA (CBS13/AP) — The latest on the destructive wildfires burning in Northern California’s wine country:
Cal Fire says the Glass Fire has grown to 46,600 acres and is now 2% contained.
As crews begin to assess the damage, officials say 28 homes have been destroyed in Sonoma County and 52 were destroyed in Napa County. More than 22,000 structures are still threatened.
According to Cal Fire, crews continued to focus on structure defense in Sonoma and Napa counties Tuesday while working to build containment lines. As the winds changed, there were new areas of increased fire activity and aircraft operations were inhibited by the poor visibility.
Officials are anticipating hot dry weather over the next several days with possible Red Flag Warning conditions starting late Wednesday into Friday morning.
Some evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in Santa Rosa as crews continue to battle the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
Evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings in the following areas:
Spring Lake: All
Northeast 1: All
Northeast 3/Middle Rincon: All
Calistoga – South / Skyhawk, for the following areas within this zone:
West and North of Mountain Hawk Drive between Highway 12 and San Ramon Way
West of San Ramon Way
Melita, for the following areas within this zone:
West of Calistoga Road
South of Melita, North of Montgomery Drive and all homes accessed from Violette.
Other evacuation orders remain in place. You can check those orders on Cal Fire’s website.
As of Tuesday evening, the acreage remains at 42,560 acres and is still 0% contained.
As the Glass Fire forced tens of thousands of people in Napa and Sonoma counties to evacuate, Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a warning to consumers to watch for potential price gouging.
Becerra issued a reminder to consumers that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal. The law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds by more than 10 percent the price before the emergency was declared, the Attorney General’s office said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday declared a state of emergency for Napa and Sonoma counties for the massive fire, which has scorched 42,000 acres since Sunday.
New evacuation orders have been issued for several areas in Napa County due to the Glass Fire.
Per Cal Fire, the following areas are now under immediate evacuation orders: South of Chiles Pope Valley Road, East of Ink Grade Road and West of Pope Valley Cross Road.
Further, all evacuation warnings that had been issued in the Angwin area have now been upgraded to immediate evacuation orders.
— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) September 29, 2020
There was an eerie silence as dawn broke over downtown Calistoga Tuesday, morning the bustle of a normal day was gone as thousands had been driven from their homes by flames of the Glass Fire burning in the hills above the wine country community.
By early Tuesday, the Glass Fire — a complex of wildfires threatening homes, wineries and business in Napa County and neighborhoods near Santa Rosa in Sonoma County — has grown to 42,560 acres with zero containment. Homes, businesses, resorts and wineries have been damaged or destroyed by the flames.
Cal Fire officials said at least 52 homes have been destroyed in Napa County.
The day on Monday began with just a few Calistoga neighborhoods under evacuations orders. By the end of the day, all 5,300 residents had been forced from their homes.
Cal Fire says a total of 95 structures have been destroyed so far in the Glass Fire.
The numbers include 28 homes in Sonoma County and 52 homes in Napa County, authorities say.
As of Tuesday morning, the Glass Fire has grown to 42,560 acres. No containment has been reported.
Firefighters say they hoped dying winds would enable them to bear down on wildfires that exploded in Napa and Sonoma counties, prompting tens of thousands of evacuations while a second blaze killed at least three people.
The Glass Fire raged through wine country on Monday, tripling in size to around 56.6 square miles (146.59 square kilometers) without any containment.
Some two dozen homes had burned, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
The fire drove through brush that hadn’t burned for a century, even though surrounding areas were incinerated in a series of blazes in recent years.
But dry winds that gave the flames a ferocious push appeared to have eased by Monday evening and firefighters were feeling “much more confident,” said Ben Nicholls, a division chief with Cal Fire.
“We don’t have those critical burning conditions that we were experiencing those last two nights,” he said.
The Glass Fire is one of nearly 30 wildfires burning around California and the National Weather Service warned that hot, dry conditions with strong Santa Ana winds could remain a fire danger in Southern California into Tuesday.
In a forested far northern part of the state, more than 1,200 people were evacuated in Shasta County for the Zogg Fire.
Three people have died in the fire, Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini said Monday. He gave no details but urged people who receive evacuation orders: “Do not wait.”
Residences are widely scattered in the area, which was torched just two years ago by the deadly Carr Fire — infamously remembered for producing a huge tornado-like fire whirl.
Previous day’s updates below:
Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in three hard-hit counties Monday night after fires erupted in Red Flag conditions and were fanned by tropical-storm-force winds. The state of emergency included Napa and Sonoma counties, where the Glass Fire tripled in size Monday. It also covers Shasta County, where the deadly Zogg Fire claimed three lives Monday.
Authorities say the fire burned one acre every five seconds, the flames engulfing homes, vineyards, and wineries. The entire city of Calistoga has been ordered to evacuate. In total, nearly 70,000 residents were forced to flee, many in the middle of the night.
The fast-moving fire has been unpredictable, damaging or destroying at least seven vineyards, including Chateau Boswell, Black Rock Inn, and Meadowood Resort, with many more still in jeopardy as the fire is still 0% contained.
Evacuations continue is Napa and Sonoma counties following fires developing over the weekend. As of Monday evening, Cal Fire said the Glass Fire has burned 36,236 acres and is 0% contained.
“I mean I just saw a flame right on that hill right there,” said Richard Bambery.
Bambery was nearly in tears Monday describing the blaze near his Napa County home.
“I just saw a flame over there. Hopefully, it doesn’t burn down the folk’s house,” he said.
Flames raged throughout the hills while crews battled several spot fires. They’ve been up against dangerous fire conditions with the weather being dry and hot.
“It’s two miles up the street, the fire, and just three weeks ago it was right over this ridge,” Bambery explained.
CBS13 caught several spot fires in Deer Park, Calistoga and Saint Helena.
John Millious lost almost everything.
“I was so distraught, thinking, is it coming? Am I going to be burnt up now?” Millious said.
He escaped the flames with his passport, medication, cell phone and iPad.
“So I have to take it a day at a time,” he said.
The Sonoma Raceway is opening its 50 Acres campground as a temporary evacuation area.
Officials say the raceway can handle up to 2,000 campers during its usual major event weekends.
The campground is directly across from the raceway off Highway 121 and has not been affected by the fires.
Evacuees are being urged to enter the campground at Gate 6 off the highway.