Fanned by Strong Winds, Glass Fire Destroys Homes in North Bay

Gusts up to 70-mph were reported in the North Bay, where firefighters are battling several brush fires.

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Evacuations were ordered for parts of Napa and Sonoma counties as several brush fires fanned by strong wind gusts spread quickly overnight north of the Bay Area. 

The main fire in Napa County is the nearly 11,000-acre Glass Fire, which is threatening more than 8,000 buildings. Several homes have burned as firefighters face wind gusts up to 70 mph.

There was no containment Monday morning.

Two other fires in the North Bay forced evacuations. The Shady Fire started west of St. Helena and was burning into the Oakmont area of Santa Rosa. The Boysen Fire was burning northeast of Santa Rosa.

In wine country, flames engulfed the distinctive Chateau Boswell Winery north of St. Helena, The Black Rock Inn in the small community of St. Helena and multiple homes in the city of Santa Rosa, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Residents of a senior home were among those evacuated.

The Glass Fire has burned several homes and thousands of other buildings are threatened. Video broadcast Monday Sept. 28, 2020 on Today in LA.

Red flag warnings were issued early Monday for parts of Northern California. In Southern California, a red flag warning is in effect until 5 p.m. for the San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest, the Santa Clarita Valley and part of Ventura County.

California's largest fire, the August Fire, has burned more than 873,000 acres in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn and Lake counties. Containment was at 43 percent.

Two lightning-sparked fires burning in the Greater Bay Area - the LNU and SCU lightning complex fires — were 98-percent contained Monday.

Power will be shut off for 65,000 Northern California electric customers in 16 counties to prevent the spread of wildfires that have engulfed areas of the state, officials said Sunday. Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest electric utility, shut off power to 11,000 customers beginning at 4 a.m. Sunday and planned to cut service to another 54,000 customers by 8 p.m.

The company expected to have power restored by Monday evening to all customers.

PG&E Incident Commander Mark Quinlan said the initial plan was to temporarily cut service to 89,000 customers but continuous monitoring enabled the company to reduce the number by 27%.

The initial power outage for 11,000 customers occurred in Butte and Plumas counties.

The second shutdown phase beginning Sunday evening was planned for Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama and Yuba counties. Two customers were also scheduled for shutdowns in Sonoma County.

Shutoffs were also scheduled to begin Monday at 7 a.m. in Kern County for a small number of customers.

The company plans to begin restoring power after receiving confirmation that the weather and wildfire risks enable patrols, inspections and repairs by 50 helicopters and about 1,700 ground personnel in vehicles and on foot.

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