The Glass Fire burning in California’s Napa Valley wine country nearly quadrupled to 42,560 acres by Tuesday morning, scorching an area the size of Central Park every half hour in the span of day.
At least 80 homes were destroyed in Napa and Sonoma counties, officials said.
“For those of you who’ve lost your home, my heart goes out to all of you,” Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Chief. Shana Jones said at a press conference Tuesday morning.
“This is a large fire,” she said. “We’re at 42,000 acres covering two counties. That is a lot of territory. It’s a lot of work.”
Jones and other officials highlighted the devastating effects of the region’s 2017 Tubbs fire as they urged residents to heed officials' directives.
“A garden hose is not going to protect your home. You need to leave,” she said.
The Tubbs Fire killed at least 22 people and destroyed more than 5,640 structures, half of them in the city of Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa Fire Chief Anthony Gossner said Tuesday he expects the Glass Fire to continue burning well into October.
“We’re going to be in this for a couple of weeks,” he said.
As the fire grew Tuesday, residents of the town of Angwin were ordered to leave.
The tourist town of Calistoga to the northwest got its evacuation order late Monday, and its streets were eerily quiet and blanketed with smoke Tuesday.
“I would say this time of year downtown Calistoga would normally be crawling with harvest traffic and tourists. But these obviously are not normal times,” freelance journalist Derek Moore said in a Twitter caption to a photo showing an empty street.
The fire that started around 4 a.m. Sunday burned rapidly through Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail, raising concerns about area’s hundreds of famed wineries.
The Ch 1/4 u00e2teau Boswell Winery was an early casualty, along with the Foothills Adventist Elementary School in Saint Helena and the luxury Black Rock Inn.
Officials confirmed late Monday that at least eight wineries sustained damage.
No injuries were immediately reported, but tens of thousands of people were on the run amid widespread evacuation orders.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Sonoma and Napa counties and also hundreds of miles north in Shasta County, where the deadly Zogg Fire was burning in the towns of towns of Igo and Ono.
The Zogg Fire grew to 40,317 acres by Tuesday and was 0% contained as firefighters worked to keep it away from local communities with control lines.
Its devastating toll stood at three civilian deaths and the 146 structures lost as of late Tuesday morning, officials said.
“Fire continues to move quite actively. It’s moving in the direction of Rainbow Reservoir,” Cal Fire Operation Sections Chief Chris Waters said at a press conference.
“We’re starting to get a foothold, though,” CalFire Incident Commander Chief Sean Kavanaugh said.
Twenty-seven wildfires were burning up and down the Golden State Tuesday with 18,700 firefighters deployed, CAL Fire spokesman Jeremy Rahn said.
Five of the top 20 wildfires in California history have broken out just this year, he said.
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