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Evacuation order issued for Napa County as fire places vineyards, resorts at risk

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Evacuation order issued for Napa County as fire places vineyards, resorts at risk

(The Center Square) – Areas of Napa County are under an evacuation order that states there is an immediate threat to life from a wildfire raging in the region.

Cal Fire issued amended order for all areas west of State Routes 29 and 128 (Foothill Boulevard) to the county line, between Diamond Mountain Road and Petrified Forest Road.

Everyone other than fire and public safety personnel must leave the area immediately.

As of Tuesday night, more than 22,000 homes were threatened – at least 115 structures in Sonoma County and Napa County were destroyed.

Cal Fire says it has more than 2,000 firefighters working the Glass Fire but they are spread out throughout Napa and Sonoma counties.

The Glass Fire, wildfires occurring in Napa County near Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, has scorched 46,600 acres. So far, officials say they have only reached a 2 percent containment level.

The fire is destroying world famous resorts and threatening to ruin the state’s vineyards. At least 95 buildings have burned in wine country, including homes and winery installations, NBC News Bay Area reports. North, in rural Shasta County, a wildfire has destroyed another 146 buildings.

According to KTVU Fox 2 News, firefighters tried to save structures at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena but several buildings on its 250-acre property were damaged. Only a chimney remains of its Michelin three-star restaurant, which was housed in its main building.

The luxury five-star resort, Calistoga Ranch, was also “extensively damaged by the fire,” according to a SF Gate report.

The Glass Fire hit midway through the northern Californian wine region’s traditional grape-harvesting season. As a result, many growers say they will forgo a 2020 vintage, Fox Business reports.

Even though the 475 vintners in Napa Valley account for only about 4 percent of the state’s grape harvest, they contribute to half the retail value of all California wines sold, according to a Reuters report.

Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner told local news outlets that fighting this fire would take several weeks.

Billy See, incident commander for Cal Fire Incident Management Team Three, told San Francisco CBS local news that it has already been “a long season.”

“Most of (these firefighters) have been going since the middle of July, without rest, from fire to fire to fire here in the northern part of the state,” he said.

The Glass Fire started after firefighters had finally gotten the massive LNU Lightning Complex fire under control at 98 percent containment. Two months of fires had already burned hundreds of homes and charred 363,220 acres in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties before the Glass Fire began.

Since Sunday, more than 70,000 people in northern California have been forced to evacuate due to the Glass and Zogg fires.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Napa and Sonoma counties on Monday, and asked President Donald Trump to issue a second presidential disaster declaration to enable California to access Federal Emergency Management funds.

Trump declared a major disaster declaration for California in August after a series of fires began.

Specific evacuation information is available online:

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