North Bay wildfires explode into 11,000-acre monster devouring homes

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Propelled by high winds, three separate wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties are tearing through a parched landscape at an alarming rate and have burned through 11,000 acres, devoured dozens of homes and triggered thousands of evacuations in only a little over 24 hours, Cal Fire reported Monday morning.

The Glass Fire was first reported as a 20-acre blaze at 4 a.m. Sunday on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road in Deer Park.

The Shady Fire and Boysen Fire west of St. Helena are believed to be spot fires of the Glass Fire and were reported by officials near the Napa-Sonoma county line.

Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) told KSRO more resources are coming Monday morning, and Cal Fire hopes to operate air resources as soon as possible, as they need 5 miles of visibility to do a drop.

Flames destroyed several homes in eastern Santa Rosa’s Skyhawk neighborhood overnight and jumped Highway 12 into Oakmont, triggering the senior community of Oakmont to evacuate.

The 40-year-old Chateau Boswell near St. Helena burned Sunday night. Napa County Office of Emergency Services said 64 wineries sit within the evacuation or evacuation warning areas.

Cal Fire hasn’t released any preliminary information on the number of homes and structures burned, but said more than 8,000 structures are threatened.

“Crews have reported the fire has had short-range spotting with wind driven runs,” Cal Fire said in its Monday morning incident report. “A red flag waning is in effect through today for strong and gusty offshore winds, low humidity, and dry fuels. The fire has been at a dangerous rate of spread and has expanded into Sonoma County.”

Dozens of evacuation orders are in effect but the most recent ones include mandatory evacuations from the city of Santa Rosa for the entirety of the Northeast 2 and Northeast 3/Middle Rincon zones as the Shady Fire continues to threaten the eastern part of the city.

Northeast 2 includes all areas east of Brush Creek Road, north of Montecito Boulevard, west of Calistoga Road and south of the city boundary north of Badger Road.

Northeast 3/Middle Rincon includes all areas east of Mission Boulevard, north of Highway 12, south of Montecito Boulevard and west of Calistoga Road.

Kenwood and some neighborhoods in the southern portion of Calistoga were also ordered to evacuate Monday morning.

Deer Park and parts of Angwin including the Adventist Health Hospital in St. Helena were told to evacuate. The 80-bed hospital was evacuated only a few weeks ago during the LNU Lightning Complex.

See what evacuation zone you live in here.

Find a map of current evacuation zones here.

There are 1,070 personnel assigned to the fires along with 133 engines, 22 water tenders, five helicopters and 35 dozers.

High winds, gusting at 3o-55 mph, are hampering efforts to control the wildfires. The winds are expected to calm Monday afternoon, but hot, dry conditions remain in the weather forecast through the week.

The cause of the fires is not yet known.


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Amy Graff is the news editor for SFGATE. Email her: [email protected]

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