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UPDATE: California Wine Country fires—employees forced to evacuate as blazes continue

UPDATE: California Wine Country fires—employees forced to evacuate as blazes continue

Napa County – Since the start of 2020, 4 million acres have been burned across California, including a recent blaze that burned 66,840 acres in Wine Country.

On Monday Oct. 5th, firefighters also responded to 35 new wildfires.

Crews from the Santa Rose Fire Department, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Calistoga Fire Department, St. Helena Fire Department, Sonoma and Napa County Sheriff Departments, encountered moderate activity throughout the night of Oct. 5th due to weakened humidity recovery and above average temperatures at higher altitudes. 

The incident originated at North Fork Crystal Springs Rd and Crystal Springs Rd. It started around Sept. 27th at 3:48 a.m. So far 50% of the land affected has been contained. 

The Glass Fire has demolished over 1,400 structures in Napa Valley, including the Chateau Boswell winery and a farmhouse containing storage as well as other facilities at the Castello di Amorosa winery.  

To reach and combat the fires, 20 helicopters, 48 water tenders, 48 bulldozers and 409 engines were utilized.

As it is too early to evaluate the impact from the blazes, many winemakers are awaiting the results of smoke testing from well occupied wine labs.

Other parts of Napa Valley are still recuperating from a complex fire in August, one of California’s largest fires on record, that damaged crops and covered the area with heavy smoke. 

Up to 16,400 firefighters are continuing to work towards restraining 23 wildfires across the state of California.

The cause of the Sept 27th fire is still under investigation.

Image Credit: AFP/Getty


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James is published in the oldest African American Newspaper in the United States, The Philadelphia Tribune. In his spare time he writes about sports and plays the piano.

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