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28 Sep 2020 | 08:52 PM UTC

US: Wildfire forces additional evacuations as it expands into Sonoma County, California September 28 /update 1

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Glass Fire forces additional evacuations as it expands into Sonoma County, California September 28; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/3/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Deer Park, CA, St. Helena, CA, Napa county, Sonoma county, Santa Rosa (California state), Oakmont, CA

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Event

The Glass Fire that began early on Sunday, September 27, in Napa County, California has more than quadrupled in size since it began and as of 13:30 (local time) on Monday, September 28, is over 11,500 acres (4654 hectares) prompting authorities to expand mandatory evacuations. Additional evacuations on Monday have included eastern areas of Santa Rosa, including the relocation of more than 5,000 residents of Oakmont. A map of Santa Rosa areas under evacuation orders can be found here. Authorities have also expanded evacuation areas in the Napa County towns of St. Helena and Deer Park with additional information that can be found here.

More than 1000 firefighters are currently battling the fire, assisted by fire retardant and water drops from McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Boeing 747 air tankers. As of Monday afternoon, the fire is at zero percent containment with warm temperatures, low humidity, and high winds causing it to rapidly spread. Firefighters have warned that more than 13,000 homes and 600 commercial structures are threatened with the fire's encroachment. 

Further spread of the fire and additional evacuations are expected in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.

Context

The Glass Fire began on Sunday, September 27 at approximately 04:00 in as a 20-acre vegetation fire west of the Bell Canyon Reservoir in Napa County. By Monday, September 28, the fire had merged with the previously burning Shady and Boysen Fires near Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. 

Advice

Those in the vicinity of the fire are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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