California Wine Country Wildfire Forrest Evacuation of Hospital, Homes

A home is seen fully engulfed in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, California, U.S. September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam.

By Stephen Lam and Steve Gorman I Reuters

A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country to spread across nearly 2,000 acres (809 hectares), forcing the evacuation of a hospital and hundreds of homes, authorities said.

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Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighborhoods and vineyards at the northern end of the famed wine-growing valley and surrounding hillsides, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco.

The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent communities of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames reaching within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.

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California wildfires rage as wine country blaze forces evacuation of hospital, thousands of homes

Thousands of homes and a hospital have been evacuated in California’s wine country as a fast-spreading wildfire has exploded in size Monday with another day of dangerous fire conditions in a badly scorched state.

Cal Fire said the blazes, dubbed the Glass Incident, have now grown to at least 11,000 acres and remains 0% contained as it threatens neighborhoods and vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco. The blaze started early Sunday.

“Two additional fires have started overnight and been merged with the Glass Incident,” the agency said Monday morning.

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The wildfire began as the Glass Fire north of St. Helena before moving at a “dangerous rate of spread.”

A firetruck travels on the Silverado Trail as a hillside goes up in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.

A firetruck travels on the Silverado Trail as a hillside goes up in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena,

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California wine country wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes and one hospital

Wildfire flames engulfed part of California’s wine country, prompting widescale evacuations of the area.



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Hundreds of homes in Napa and Sonoma counties were evacuated as the Grass Fire continues to spread throughout more than 2,500 acres. As of Monday morning, the blaze was 0% contained.

The fire started north of St. Helena, California, roughly 75 miles north of San Francisco, on Sunday morning and has been growing at a “dangerous rate of spread,” according to officials with Cal Fire. At least 2,268 structures are in the path of the fire, including a hospital, which had to evacuate 55 patients.

“For the safety of our patients and associates, Adventist Health St. Helena is temporarily suspending emergency and hospital care, and all patients will be transferred, due to the Glass Fire. Emergency contacts will be informed about their loved ones’ new hospital location,” the hospital announced on

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California wine country wildfire forces evacuation of hospital, hundreds of homes

ST. HELENA, Calif. (Reuters) – A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country and spread across more than 1,000 acres (404 hectares), forcing the evacuation of several hundreds homes and a hospital, authorities said.

A home decoration damaged by the Glass Fire is seen in Calistoga, California, U.S. September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighbourhoods and vineyards in the northwest corner of the famed wine-growing valley, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco.

The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent towns of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames advancing to within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.

All 55 patients who were at the hospital at the time were safely

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