A red flag warning has been issued for parts of Northern California as crews continue to battle the Glass Fire, which began Sunday and is only 5% contained.
The Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, which began Sunday, has burned more than 56,000 acres. It is only 5 percent contained.
Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesOct. 1, 2020, 7:30 PM UTCByMinyvonne Burke and Tim StellohSome areas of hard-hit Northern California are under a red flag warning for low humidity and wind gusts as firefighters continue to battle the Glass Fire in wine country.
The warning was issued beginning Thursday afternoon for North and South Bay, central Mendocino County, western Monterey County, and most of the Los Padres National Forest. It will continue through much of Friday, officials said in a press release."High temperatures also persist, adding to the critical fire weather danger. A slight cooling trend is not expected until later in the weekend or early next week," the release stated.
One wildfire burning across the northern part of the state is the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties. The blaze, which began Sunday, has burned more than 56,000 acres, as of Thursday. It is only 5 percent contained and its cause is still being investigated, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or
Cal Fire.The remains of a golf cart burned by the Glass Fire at a Napa Valeey vineyard in Calistoga, Calif., on Sept. 30, 2020.Samuel Corum / AFP - Getty ImagesAbout 70,000 people were under evacuation orders in the wine region and at least 80 homes along with other buildings were destroyed in the fire,
NBC Bay Areareports. Two firefighters were forced to take cover in fire shelters while battling the inferno in Napa County on Sunday.Fire officials said the"intense fire conditions" combined with wind gusts forced the firefighters"to take refuge … in the aluminized cloth tents that offer protection by reflecting radiant heat and providing a volume of breathable air."
The firefighters were not injured, officials said.Speaking Thursday from a burned-out elementary school in Napa County, Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters that the scene was a familiar one. Many in the region north of San Francisco have evacuated their homes multiple times since 2017, when the
deadly Tubbs firetore through Sonoma and Napa counties, killing 22 and destroying thousands of buildings.They've"been torn asunder by wildfires seemingly every single year," he said, adding that the blazes are like a"drum beat where people are exhausted, concerned and anxious about their fate and their future, not just their safety."
"Clearly, we have our work cut out for us," he added.He pleaded with residents to heed evacuation orders, saying that the red flag weather conditions will likely turn the vast majority of embers whipped up by powerful winds into likely sources of ignition.
In the meantime, air quality around much of the San Francisco Bay Area deteriorated as hazy, smoky conditions from the fires settled over much of the region. On Thursday,warning through Tuesday, pushing the number of"spare the air" alerts issued this year to 41, a record.
There are over 17,000 firefighters battling nearly 30 major wildfires across California.The infernos have claimed the lives of 30 people this year, with the most recent death being a man who was badly burned from the Zogg Fire in Shasta County.Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini said Wednesday that the man was transported to a hospital but later died of his injuries.
Four people, including the man, have been killed in the, which has burned more than 55,000 acres and destroyed nearly 150 structures since it started Sunday. It was 26 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon.Some officials in the state, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, have linked this year's unprecedented
wildfire seasonto climate change."Climate change isn’t something to address in the distant future. The climate crisis is here," the governor tweeted Wednesday.Earlier this month, Newsom said that since 1980, the average temperature in the state from June to September rose from around 71 degrees to about 74.
Other expertsof dried out vegetation across California's vast forestland — more than half of which is owned by the federal government — that has provided ample fuel for out-of-control megafires. Read more: NBC News »
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