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Wine Country Fires Burn Homes, Force Evacuations From Santa Rosa To Napa

“The Wine Country awoke in flames Monday as windblown wildfires closed in on the Napa Valley from the east and west and swept into Santa Rosa, forcing thousands of North Bay residents to flee their homes in an ominous flashback to the catastrophic infernos three years ago.

The Shady and Glass fires, which erupted Sunday morning and spread quickly through extremely dry grasslands, were simultaneously threatening parts of Sonoma and Napa counties. The winds also whipped up the massive North Complex Fire, threatening the Butte County town of Paradise and several other northern Sierra Nevada foothill communities devastated by the deadly Camp Fire in 2018.

Multiple homes burned overnight in the large Skyhawk neighborhood in eastern Santa Rosa as emergency workers in adjacent neighborhoods went door to door evacuating residents. The fast-moving flames jumped Highway 12 in Oakmont, forcing emergency workers to evacuate a large senior community by bus as flames shot up over nearby hills.”

Sarah Ravani, Matthias Gafni, and J.D. Morris report for the San Francisco Chronicle September 28, 2020.


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“California’s Ancient ‘Asbestos’ Forests No Longer Seem Immune” (CalMatters)

“California Wine Country Wildfire Forces Evacuation Of Hospital, Hundreds Of Homes” (Reuters)

“California Governor Newsom Declares Emergency In Three Counties Due To Fire” (Reuters)

“How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters” (New York Times)