Evacuations underway as 'Glass Fire' burns through Calif.'s Napa Valley

Elias Hubbard
September 28, 2020

Portions of eastern Santa Rosa are now being evacuated as the Shady Fire (which may have spotted off the Glass Fire) approaches city limits with incredible speed. In Butte County the entire town of Paradise is once more under evacuation warning, as the North Complex moves closer to town.

The situation seems most dire in Santa Rosa and adjacent communities.

The county, supported by the American Red Cross, opened an evacuation center at Crosswalk Community Church in Napa.

At least 26 people have died and over 7,000 structures have been destroyed since August 15, when the state reported elevated fire activity, according to Cal Fire's latest report Sunday.

We wish our neighbors across Northern California good luck in what we know all too well is a awful situation.

A fast-moving fire in Napa County on Sunday forced evacuations north of the town of St. Helena as large swaths of Northern California faced unsafe fire weather.

Ehren Jordan, the owner of Failla Wines in St. Helena, confirmed: "Fire was on the property, about 500 feet from the crush pad", when he evacuated the property around 11 a.m. local time Sunday. The fire is 0% contained.

Evacuation warnings are in place for the east side of Silverado Trail from Howell Mountain Road South to Taplin Road and all roads in between, Howell Mountain Road from the Silverado Trail to Old Howell Mountain Road and all roads in between, as well as Conn Valley Road from Howell Mountain Road to the dead end and all roads in between, Cal Fire confirmed. Updates from the Napa County Sheriff's Office are available on its Facebook page.

To the west of the Glass and Boysen fires, the eastern fringes of Santa Rosa were immediately threatened by the Shady Fire, which began Sunday evening. Evacuations were also ordered by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office from St. Helena Road to Highway 12.

Reportedly, houses were already burned Monday morning in the Skyhawk neighborhood, in Oakmont, and on Melita Road.

"It really is horrifying to see this happening. again", UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said on social media.

Strike teams that included both ground and air ambulances took about 50 patients to other area hospitals, "out of an abundance of caution, knowing what we'll be up against tonight", when weather conditions are expected to deteriorate, Upton said.

In another tweet, Swain suggested that evacuations were being outstripped by the speed of the fire, part of which is burning in an area that hasn't seen a major fire in nearly a century and is near where the 2017 Tubbs Fire decimated areas of Sonoma and Napa counties.

Daylight and hopefully calmer winds will give a better idea of the damage, and the remaining areas of Sonoma, Napa, and Butte counties still under threat.

Sam Stanton has worked for The Bee since 1991 and has covered a variety of issues, including politics, criminal justice and breaking news.

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