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California wildfires: There is still plenty of fire season left to go as firefighters struggle to contain the Glass and Zogg fires


The Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties and the Zogg Fire in Shasta County are raging out of control in the northern part of the state since igniting on Sunday, bringing more distress to a fire season that has already produced five of the six largest wildfires in California’s history.

“It’s been a long season, most of (the firefighters) been going since the middle of July, without rest from fire to fire to fire here in the northern part of the state,” said Cal Fire Incident Commander Billy See.

Residents, meanwhile, are feeling the strain of evacuating multiple times as fires spread through new and previously threatened territory, Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said.

More than 2,000 fire personnel are battling the Glass Fire, which has consumed 46,600 acres and destroyed at least 82 buildings. It is only 2% contained. The Zogg Fire is 0% contained and has torn through 50,102 acres. The fire has claimed the lives of three people, destroyed 146 structures and is threatening an additional 1,538.

Teams are working on keeping the flames from advancing toward the city of Santa Rosa, See said Tuesday.

The latest blazes began Sunday, fueled by little rain, high temperatures and strong winds. The National Weather Service has warned that the hot weather will continue, issuing a heat advisory Tuesday for the region, with temperatures possibly reaching 105 degrees in the hottest locations.

“We still have months to go for fire season,” Cal Fire Unit Chief Shana Jones. “And that means that this could happen again. I pray to God, it does not, but we still have a lot of fire season to go.”

It ‘feels like a beat down’

All of Calistoga’s roughly 5,000 residents were ordered to evacuate Monday from the city about 55 miles north of San Francisco, and more than 70,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in Sonoma and Napa counties.

Glass Fire evacuee Jim Cunningham told CNN affiliate KPIX Monday that the scariest part is the uncertainty.

“You’re standing in your driveway and looking at your house and you wonder if you’re going to see it again,” Cunningham said.

James Lindquist of Calistoga told the station that evacuations in the area happen a couple times every summer — and it “feels like a beat down.”

“Look at it. How do you stop that?” he asked, pointing to the flames.

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One of three shelters for those fleeing the Glass Fire, the Sonoma Marin Fairground, reached capacity early Monday, CNN affiliate KGO reported. Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds CEO Allison Keaney said the fairground was transformed from a Covid-19 testing site to a shelter overnight, KGO reported.

She said that about 160 evacuees from a senior living facility in Santa Rosa are temporarily staying inside several buildings spaced 8 feet apart.

Not everyone is fleeing the fires.

Ron Priest evacuated six weeks ago for nine days because of the LNU Complex Fire. Now, with a 500 gallon tank of water and a fire hose on his property, he told the station he is ignoring evacuation orders.

“Until I see fire, I’m gonna stay,” he said. “People don’t want to leave their homes if they can’t get back and see what’s going on. I don’t wanna go, because I want to be here.”

Damaged bottles of wine lay on the floor at Fairwinds Estate Winery that was destroyed by the Glass Fire.

Vineyard steps in as firefighters are stretched thin

Just outside the Napa County city of St. Helena, the Glass Fire has destroyed a restaurant with three Michelin Guide stars.
Famed California winery destroyed as fast-moving fires take over wine country

The Restaurant at Meadowood, was reduced to rubble despite firefighters’ fierce efforts to quell the flames, including creating assembly lines of hoses and engines to take water from a swimming pool, KGO reported.

North of St. Helena, the Glass Fire destroyed the famed 41-year-old Chateau Boswell Winery.

Chateau Boswell is known as one of just a handful of privately owned family wineries remaining in Napa Valley, according to its website.

Video posted to Twitter by CNN affiliate KGO reporter Amy Hollyfield shows the charred remains of the chateau while nearby trees still burn.

Ash falls from the sky as a result of the Glass Fire in Santa Rosa, California.

Smoke moving toward Boise

Smoke from California’s many fires has hung over swaths of the state for weeks. Authorities issued air quality alerts for parts of Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday.
Wildfire smoke is expected to move north, making its way to Idaho in the next 24 hours, according to the NWS.
Resident describes giant chunks of ash falling across the Bay Area
As of Tuesday morning, more than 3.8 million acres have burned in 8,136 fire incidents in California this year, Cal Fire said.
A red flag warning for Northern California expired Monday night, but low humidity and winds are expected to continue across the North Bay Area, according to the NWS.

“Light winds, high temperatures, low humidities and a lack of resources will continue to challenge firefighters,” Cal Fire said Tuesday.

CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Nicole Chavez, Justin Lear, Stella Chan, Sarah Moon, Cheri Mossburg, Jon Passantino and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.


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