Firefighters gain upper hand in Glass Fire containment


Firefighters have gained the upper hand on the Glass Fire, which has burned 67,484 acres.

Containment has grown steadily and now stands at 92 percent as of Sunday evening, up from 78-percent on Friday night.

Complete containment is expected in over a week.

The number of single-family homes destroyed between Napa and Sonoma counties now tops 600. CAL FIRE said 308 of those were in Napa, with 334 in Sonoma. Over 150 homes have been damaged by the destructive fire across both counties. An estimated 356 commercial structures have been destroyed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The fires triggered evacuations for four days in a row starting September 27, forcing tens of thousands of people in Napa and Sonoma counties, including parts of Santa Rosa, St. Helena and the entire city of Calistoga. Nearly 70,000 people evacuated in Sonoma County alone.

Justin Delbridge packed up his Santa Rosa apartment on the morning of September 28 after a night of little sleep. "Sirens everywhere," he said. "There are fire trucks, there are ambulances, police cars, everything. Pretty much everything’s blocked off. There’s a huge file of traffic going down the street of people just evacuating."

"I was up all night anyway, I was watching the fire all night," one Calistoga resident told KCBS Radio after she was evacuated by a wakeup call that came in the middle of the night.

"They came by about six and we weren’t getting the Nixles because the cable’s down and the Wi-Fi’s down," said Calistoga resident Prudence, who boarded a Napa city bus shuttling evacuees. "So they came and told us the shuttles would come and everyone needed to leave."

"We just grabbed a couple items and jumped in the cars and left," said Ron Felcher of Angwin, who spoke to KCBS Radio's Jeffrey Schaub at the evacuation center. "You could just see the whole mountainside, flames climbing up the whole mountainside there. It caused some anxiety just looking at all that."

Several wineries and vineyards in the area have burned.

A structure at the Fairwinds Estate Winery in Calistoga has been destroyed and the Chateau Boswell winery in St. Helena has burned. The Black Rock Inn on the Silverado Trail in St. Helena has also sustained extensive damage.

Structural damage at the Fairwinds Estate Winery in Calistoga caused by the Glass Fire, Sept. 28, 2020
Photo credit Tim Ryan/KCBS Radio

There has been significant damage across the small community of Deer Park.

There is still no word from Adventist Health on when its hospital in St. Helena can reopen after it was evacuated in the early stages of the fire.

Strike teams of ground and air ambulances assisted as patients were moved to other area hospitals. The 80-bed hospital was also evacuated during the LNU Lightning Complex fire last week.

Follow the CAL FIRE Lake-Napa Unit for the latest evacuation orders as they're issued.

The Glass Fire rages in Sonoma and Napa Counties.
Photo credit Holly Quan/KCBS Radio

Several nearby agencies have sent mutual aid to help fight the Glass Fire.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert through Tuesday due to smoke from the Glass Fire.

The Glass Fire started at about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Rd. in Deer Park.

Further north near Redding, Shasta County Sheriff's Department officials said three people died in the Zogg Fire.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.