Wildfires Explode in Wine Country, Forcing Thousands to Escape

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Wildfires Explode in Wine Country, Forcing Thousands to Escape

Thousands of California citizens escaped two new flames on September 28 that erupted in capacity overnight, torching approximately 30,000 acres and killing at least three people.

In northern California, Zogg Fire has burned over 15,000 acres, and the Glass Fire scorched 11,000 acres in the Napa and Sonoma wine country north of San Francisco, according to Cal Fire. Both fires were at 0% containment as of late September 28.

The wildfires, pushed by robust winds, blazed numerous constructions overnight, including houses in Santa Rosa and Chateau Boswell winery. The region comprises more than five dozen wineries.

Sen. Mike McGuire said that the fire has been moving about 40 mph down the hill to the city of Santa Rosa which is expected to get lowered down and better today.

A Democrat in Sonoma County said these are very difficult and trying times for the counties, there is no further information to provide related to the increase in tension in the region. 

Government issued evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people in Napa and Sonoma counties were two shorter offshoots of the Glass Fire, the Shady and Boysen fires, merged to grow the blaze. A Cal Fire spokesperson Paul Lowenthal said that more than 13,000 homes were warned in Santa Rosa.

The wildfire period in California has taken an enormous toll. Since the beginning of 2020, there have been more than 8,100 wildfires. It has so far burned more than 3.7 million acres during the state, according to Cal Fire. Since August, California’s fire action has levitated, almost 26 people have died, and more than 7,000 constructions have been damaged. Crews are battling 25 major wildfires between gusty winds and low humidity, Cal Fire said. 

Power was shut off for 65,000 Northern California electric customers in 16 counties to prevent the spread of wildfires, PG&E officials said Sunday. The shutoff was enacted as a result of a red flag warning because of high winds, they said.