New California Fire Burns Wine Country Near San Francisco

New California Fire Burns Wine Country Near San Francisco

SAINT HELENA, CALIFORNIA: California firefighters battled devastating new wildlife in the Vine Country north of San Francisco on Monday as strong winds in an already badly scorched state prevented the flames.
A fire broke out on Sunday in the famous Napa-Sonoma wine region in Shasta County, remote northern California, causing water drainage in the vicinity.
In the wine country, flames engulfed the typical Chate Boswell Winery of St. Helena, the Black Rock Inn, north of St. Helena, in several homes in the city of Santa Rosa of the San Francisco Chronicle. Those evicted included residents of a senior household.

A house on Platina Road in Zog Fire near Ono, California burned down
Adventist Health St. Helena Hospital suspended care and transferred all patients elsewhere, according to a statement on its website.
Vine Country Blaze burned 17 square miles (44 square kilometers) early Monday, according to California Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal fire.

A house exploded by shady fire as it approached Santa Rosa, California
Several studies in recent years have linked large wildfires in the US to global warming by the burning of coal, oil, and gas, especially because climate change has made California too drought. A drier California means that the plants are more flammable.
There were also fire incidents in Shasta County.
The cause of both new fires was being investigated.
During the weekend, Pacific gas and electric utilities shut down electricity in targeted areas where winds increased the potential for arcing or other power equipment damage, which could trigger new fires.
So far this year, more than 8,100 California wildlife have scorched 5,780 square miles (14,970 square kilometers), destroying over 7,000 buildings and killing 26 people.
Most of the damage was caused by a massive outbreak of fire following a frenzy of dry lightning strikes in mid-August.
Officials said Sunday that power would be shut off for 65,000 Northern California electricity customers in 16 counties.
Pacific Gas and Electric, the country’s largest electric utility, shut down electricity to 11,000 customers starting at 4 am on Sunday and plans to cut service to another 54,000 customers by 8 pm.
The company hoped to restore power to all customers by Monday evening.
PG&E Incident Commander Mark Kavlan said the initial plan was to temporarily cut service for 89,000 customers, but continued monitoring enabled the company to reduce the number by 27%.
The initial power out for 11,000 customers occurred in the out-byte and plummount counties.
The second shutdown phase, which began Sunday evening, was planned for Alpine, Amador, Batte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama and Yuba counties. Two customers in Sonoma County were also scheduled to close.
For a small number of customers, the shutoff was to begin in Kern County at 7 a.m. Monday.
The company plans to begin restoring power after confirming that weather and wildfire hazards enable patrols, inspections and repairs by 50 helicopters and about 1,700 ground personnel on vehicles and on foot.
Officials said the shutdown was implemented as a result of the red flag warning due to high winds.
PG&E senior meteorologist Scott Strenfell said the wind is expected to move at a speed of 15–30 mph (24–48 km per hour) from Saturday evening, 40–55 mph (64–89 km per hour). Hour) speed and humidity level from 15% to 20%.
The company continues to monitor weather conditions in association with federal agencies including the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Vanessa Bryan, manager of customer experience, said PG&E sent 913,000 customer notifications and is operating 28 community resource centers from 8 am to 10 pm while power is out. Bryan said that as of Sunday evening, the centers had received about 1,200 visitors.
Shutoffs came to Nappa County in the form of a new, fast-growing wildfire that evacuated homes and a hospital. On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the fire was burning near several wineries and went through 1.9 square miles (4.9 square kilometers) on Sunday.
California, facing a fire, is facing a new siege of hot, dry weather with strong winds that can generate power lines to arc and new spots in vegetation ready to burn.
The National Weather Service said a red flag warning was issued for extreme weather conditions for the northern and central regions of the state from late Saturday and Monday. On Monday, similar warnings were issued for parts of Southern California’s San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
So far this year, more than 8,100 California wildlife have scorched 5,780 square miles (14,970 square kilometers), destroying over 7,000 buildings and killing 26 people.
Much of the damage has been done since a frenzy of dry lightning strikes in mid-August, igniting a massive outbreak of fire. The cause of the other fires is under investigation and officials said the incident involving a penis was caused by a pyrotechnic device.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Gary Diaz, said Sunday, smoke spread in the air from the New Napa County fire leading to Sonoma and Marin counties.
“We smoke on all fronts, unfortunately,” Diaz said.


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