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US Multiple wildfires in California prompt fresh evacuations

16:46  28 september  2020
16:46  28 september  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Firefighters extinguished blazes across California as gusts roared. In Northern California , officials in Sonoma County lifted nearly all of the outstanding evacuations in place for the Kincade Fire there, leaving fewer than 6,000 people out of their homes. At the height of the fire , they had ordered more

Multiple wildfires have been burning across the state of California , and in some areas, the blazes have produced eerie orange skies. All 18 national forests in California have now been ordered to close due to the “explosive growth” of ongoing wildfires , according to a notice from the Forest Service.

Multiple blazes were burning out of control in California early Monday, prompting fresh evacuation orders for a state already battered by wildfires in recent months.

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In Napa County, the Glass Fire rapidly scorched at least 2,500 acres and is zero percent contained, according to Cal Fire. It started early Sunday and by evening, had roared through vineyards and buildings; at least 2,000 structures are currently threatened by it, according to NBC Bay Area.

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Mandatory evacuation were underway in Northern California on Sunday after a fast-moving wildfire ignited amid what weather forecasters called "extreme" fire conditions. The Glass Fire , which ignited Sunday morning, was burning near Calistoga and St. Helena in Northern California 's Napa Valley.

Intense heat and wildfires have forced evacuations of hundreds of homes in California , and Saturday, red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger were issued.

Meanwhile, two other fires were burning in the North Bay, the station reported: The Shady Fire started west of St. Helena and was burning into the Oakmont area of Santa Rosa, while the Boysen Fire was burning northeast of Santa Rosa. Those, too, forced evacuations, and are believed to be spot fires of the Glass Fire.

a man standing in front of a building: Image: Eddy Whitmore evacuates from his Santa Rosa, Calif., home as the Shady Fire approaches (Noah Berger / AP) © Noah Berger Image: Eddy Whitmore evacuates from his Santa Rosa, Calif., home as the Shady Fire approaches (Noah Berger / AP)

They are the latest in a string of blazes. Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 8,100 wildfires that have burned more than 3.7 million acres in California, Cal Fire said Sunday, adding that since August 15, there have been 26 fatalities and more than 7,000 structures destroyed.

Among those destroyed by the Glass Fire Sunday was the Château Boswell Winery in St. Helena, a family-owned winery founded in 1979.

"Our incredibly talented team is safe, but shares our heartbreak," Jacquelynn Prevost, ambassador at large of Château Boswell, told NBC News in a statement.

St. Helena hospital was evacuated out of an abundance of caution on Sunday, while the entire town of Paradise was put under an evacuation warning, meaning residents should prepare to evacuate.

It was not immediately clear how many people were under evacuation orders early Monday statewide.

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