The Glass Fire in Sonoma and Napa counties (California) continues to burn almost unabated as of Tuesday, September 29, and has forced evacuations of more than 80,000 people. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire has thus far burned more than 46,600 acres (18,860 hectares) and destroyed more than 100 structures with containment at a reported two percent. The blaze has forced evacuations of entire towns including, Pope Valley, Angwin, and Calistoga, along with eastern areas of Santa Rosa. At least three people are known to have been killed due to the fire.
More than 1500 firefighters are currently battling the fire, assisted by fire retardant and water drops from McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Boeing 747 air tankers. Warm temperatures, low humidity, and high winds are continuing to cause the fire to rapidly spread. Firefighters have warned that thousands of structures are threatened with the fire's continued spread.
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.
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.
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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