Thousands of people evacuated in the Napa and Sonoma valleys by fires

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Tens of thousands of people they had to leave their houses in the Napa and Sonom valleysto in California, due to raging fires that have left three dead in that area of ​​the western United States world famous for its vineyards.

Some 200 miles to the north, in a forested and steep area of ​​Shasta County, a fire, the Zogg Fire, declared Sunday, left three dead and continued to spread uncontrollably. Under a opaque orange sky and one new sweltering heat wave, he Glass Fire for its part, it devastated, at a “dangerous rate of spread”, some 4,500 hectares in Napa County and completely got out of control, reported the California Department of Forests and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Among the affected vineyards are those of Chateau Boswell Winery, in Santa Helena, and part of those of Amorosa Castle, of medieval architecture. There were “significant losses” of buildings on the edge of Santa Rosa, the largest town in Sonoma County, Fire Chief Tony Gossner said.

“Explosive growth of fire”

More of 35,000 residents They were ordered to evacuate and thousands more prepare to leave immediately in the face of “explosive growth of fire,” blazing through the dry vegetation of rugged mountainous terrain, said authorities, who are still investigating the causes of the fires.

Calistoga, a picturesque community at the top of the Napa Valley known for its hot springs and as a platform for wine tourism, has been largely evacuated.

CeeBee Thompson spent the night looking at the flames in the distance as he packed his things in the car, as the warning sirens recently installed in the village sounded twice during the night. “We could see the flames bursting all night,” Thompson told AFP. “All we had to do was put the cats in the car.”

The fire corners the communities of Napa and neighboring Sonoma, still not recovering from the devastating wildfires of 2017in which 44 people were killed and thousands of buildings burned to the ground. “It’s like a double whammy,” Thompson summarized.

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