In war-hit Karabakh capital, residents inspect destroyed homes

Guennadi Avanessian had a big two-storey house at 28 Saroyan Street, with a wooden terrace and vines laden with dark grapes.

But his comfortable middle-class home in a well-off street in the capital of war-hit Nagorno-Karabakh region has been smashed to pieces during the conflict between neighbouring Azerbaijan and Armenia.

“I spent two years renovating this house with my own hands, and (Azerbaijani president) Aliyev destroyed it in two seconds with his bombs,” Avanessian rages to anyone who will listen from behind his moustache.

With a blue hat on his head, the 70-something clambers onto the huge heap of debris that is all that remains after the gutted house collapsed in on itself.

With a shovel, he searches through the twisted sheet metal, bits and pieces of the home’s structure and traces of his former life.

Azerbaijani forces bombarded the area a week ago, and it is the first time

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Highway 29, Silverado Trail Reopened; Firefighters Gain 82 Percent Containment; 642 Homes Destroyed In Napa, Sonoma Counties

ST. HELENA (CBS SF) — Across Wine Country a sense of normality was beginning to take grip early Saturday as major roadways closed by the threat of the Glass Fire were reopened, neighborhoods in St. Helena, Calistoga and Angwin repopulated, less smoke was visible on the horizon and utility crews were busy restoring electrical power to once evacuated homes.

As of Saturday morning, the Glass Fire burn zone had grown to 67,484 acres with 82 percent containment, but a once promising weather front and the showers it would produce, never arrived.

“Crews experienced minimal fire behavior throughout the night on the Glass Fire,” Cal Fire said in a Saturday morning update. “These conditions consisted of creeping and smoldering fire behavior within the current perimeter.”

There were a few mandatory evacuations still in place, but the majority had been either completely lifted or reduced to warnings that allowed residents to

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Number of homes destroyed in Glass Fire reaches 600

The number of homes swallowed by flames in the Glass Fire that has raged for more than a week Sonoma and Napa counties reached 600 Tuesday morning, and the total is expected to grow as crews continue to survey damage in burn areas.

Cal Fire reported in its Tuesday morning incident update that in Sonoma County 310 homes were destroyed and 81 damaged. In Napa County, 290 were destroyed and 72 damaged.

Weather conditions were hot and dry Monday into Tuesday morning, but winds were calm and this allowed firefighters to increase containment to 50%. The size of the burn area didn’t grow overnight and still stands at 68,840 acres.


Evacuation orders were reduced to warnings Monday for a portion of Zone 6B2 in Sonoma County (find details here). On Sunday, orders were reduced to warnings in multiple communities, including Kenwood, Oakmont and Calistoga.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Sean

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Santa Rosa posts damage map with homes destroyed in Glass Fire

The city of Santa Rosa released a preliminary damage assessment map showing homes that were damaged or destroyed within the city limits by the Glass Fire.

The map displays home addresses and uses a color-coded system to show the degree of damage, from green (structure is safe to live in) to red (structure is destroyed and unsafe for habitation). The county will continue to add to the map as more homes impacted by the conflagration are identified.

Find the map here.

Cal Fire said in its Sunday night incident update that ground crews have now identified 235 destroyed homes in Sonoma County and 252 in Napa County. An additional 73 homes have been damaged in Sonoma County and 64 in Napa County.


Cal Fire Assistant Chief Billy See said in a Sunday morning press briefing that 12 inspection teams are on the ground assessing burn areas and about half of

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Red Flag Fire Warning Conditions Return; 293 Homes, 272 Commercial Buildings Destroyed; Chance Of Rain Next Weekend

ST. HELENA (CBS SF) — An intense air war was waged on the north edge of the Glass Fire burn zone Saturday, allowing weary firefighters to extend containment of the massive blaze burning in Sonoma and Napa counties to 15 percent before red flag fire conditions settled in for the night.

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Cal Fire Operations Chief Mark Bruton said during his Saturday night briefing that air support was playing a key role on the northern edge of the blaze burning in steep terrain toward Lake County.

“It’s really steep, heavy terrain, we have some control lines in there but we have a bit of a lack of resources to really work in that kind of terrain,” he said. “We used aircraft to really pound it today. We dropped a lot of retardant to help slow the advance of the fire.”

Meanwhile, weather forecasters were keeping on an eye on

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Bobcat Fire has damaged or destroyed at least 115 homes and continues to burn with 84% containment

The Bobcat Fire has damaged or destroyed at least 115 homes and dozens other structures as it continues to burn through the Angeles National Forest after igniting nearly a month ago, officials said Saturday.

Firefighters have largely gained the upper hand on the blaze, which had burned 114,963 acres, or 179.6 square miles, and was 84% contained as of Saturday morning — up from 75% two days ago.

Aided by strong winds and insufficient firefighting resources, the Bobcat Fire advanced on the Antelope Valley foothills in mid-September, ripping a path of destruction along the way.

Completely destroyed are 87 homes and 83 other buildings. The fire has also damaged 28 more homes and another 19 structures. Many of the homes destroyed were in the Juniper Hills area.

“The number of damaged and destroyed buildings may rise as damage assessment teams continue to gather accurate data from properties spanning over 114,900+

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Lake Ohau homes destroyed in major Waitaki District fire

Janet Brown was lying in bed as fierce winds kept her awake when she heard an alarm go off. Moments later she looked out her bedroom window to see her neighbour’s house on fire.

The large forest fire, which is still spreading, is thought to have destroyed dozens of homes near Lake Ohau in the Waitaki District and may have been started by an electrical arc from overhead power lines. Around 90 people were evacuated after the blaze broke out at around 3am, and it was believed to be rapidly growing in size on Sunday morning.

It is largest of several blazes burning around Canterbury and north Otago on Sunday.

Firefighters are also tackling a large pine forest fire in Livingston, south of Duntroon. The blaze is close to Mckenzie Rd and also started around 3.15am. Sixteen crews and a command unit from Dunedin are in attendance and eight helicopters

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Number of homes destroyed in Glass Fire increases as winds forecast to pick up

With a hot and dry air mass overhead, the Glass Fire in the North Bay swelled 5,000 acres overnight and more spread is expected Thursday with winds kicking up.

The burn area that’s northeast of Santa Rosa grew from 51,266 acres Wednesday night to 56,781 acres Thursday morning. Containment increased from 2% to 5%, according to Cal Fire’s Thursday morning incident report.

Flames have destroyed more than 200 structures, including 143 single-family homes. Of those homes, 36 are in Sonoma County and 107 in Napa County. (See Cal Fire’s full report for further information on structure damage.) A total of 27,000 structures remain threatened.

New evacuation warnings were announced last night for people living north of Calistoga. (You can find details on the order here.)


Firefighters are preparing for winds to pick up Thursday into Friday, focusing on building containment lines and protecting structures before fire activity resurges.

“We’re

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Glass Fire At 42K Acres, 80 Homes Destroyed Between Napa, Sonoma Counties

The Glass Fire complex of wildfires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties has burned an estimated 42,560 acres and destroyed 80 homes between the two counties as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze, which still is at 0 percent containment, started at 3:50 a.m. Sunday in Napa Valley and spread late Sunday and early Monday into Sonoma County, destroying homes on the east edge of Santa Rosa.


Along with the 80 homes destroyed — 52 in Napa County and 28 in Sonoma County — 32 other structures have been destroyed in the fire and 10,712 others remain threatened, Cal Fire officials said.

A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service for increased fire danger in the area due to hot and windy weather expired late Monday as winds died down, but above-average temperatures are expected to remain for the rest of the week.



Evacuation orders

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