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2 p.m. Cal Fire watching out for winery workers: Despite the nearby flames, and expected winds that could drive the Glass Fire through the Highway 29 corridor, many winery workers are still on the job during the critical harvest season. The male cub, four to six weeks old, suffered burns to his paws, whiskers completely singed off and severely irritated eyes. 8:05 a.m. Icky air Thursday: Air quality for much of the Bay Area was expected to worsen Thursday as smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties blows south, driven by winds that could gust up to 30 mph later in the day. “Hopefully we can make some real progress tonight,” he said Saturday afternoon. Two CalFire trucks are stationed near Viader Vineyards & Winery above Bell Canyon Reservoir as the Glass fire burned north of St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Residents should leave now, police said. The Global Supertanker drops Phos Chek retardant in Bell Canyon as the Glass fire burned north of St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, September 27, 2020. The eastern part of Santa Rosa had unhealthy air, while while San Francisco and much of the East Bay had good air quality. The fire remained 43% contained. It’s also home to a base where helicopters load up with retardant to dump on the Glass Fire. 7:10 p.m. Glass Fire grows to 46,600 acres: The Glass Fire has burned 46,600 acres and was 2% contained as of Tuesday evening, Cal Fire said. It is 0% contained. Read The Chronicle’s story here. Melted storage crates and other tools of the trade lay in scattered disrepair near the main visitor area. Firefighters extinguished a blaze at the Summer Hill Apartments in Middletown Friday. Many famous wineries in the Napa Valley lost buildings to the flames, and the Restaurant at Meadowood burned. A line of traffic slowly moves on Highway 12 while drivers evacuate from the Shady Fire burns in Skyhawk area of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, September 28, 2020. 9:12 p.m. PG&E restores power after Sunday shut-offs, but fires leave 24,000 customers in the dark: PG&E said that all customers affected by Sunday’s fire-prevention shut-offs — who could still receive power — had their lights back on Monday night. 2:19 a.m. Update on evacuated Oakmont seniors: A Chronicle reporter followed a bus full of residents from the Oakmont Village senior living community in Santa Rosa as it left the facility to evacuate residents ahead of the charging Glass Fire early Monday morning. and Oakmont Drive on the north side of Highway 12. The two occupants of the apartment had made it outside safely. As of Thursday afternoon, 23 major fires were burning in the state and firefighters from several states, and from the National Guard, Canada, Mexico and Israel are fighting the fires. 7:55 a.m. Glass Fire now 30% contained: Firefighters grew containment lines around the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties by 4% overnight. Fatalities statewide increased this week to 31 after another victim of the LNU Lightning Complex succumbed to their injuries, Cal Fire reported. Read The Chronicle’s full story here. 4:56 p.m. Wind gusts of up to 35 m.p.h. Firefighters forced to use shelter: Two firefighters, trapped by wind-driven flames, were able to escape injury after they deployed their fire shelter, Cal Fire officials said Wednesday. Grape harvesting is allowed to continue as it’s a crucial time for the industry, said Chief Mark Brunton. “It feels overwhelming. The winery was burnt down on Sunday during the Glass Fire. The largest fire in state history has ripped through 1,006,140 acres and is 58% contained. 2:17 a.m. It is the fourth consecutive year the multiplatinum-selling Bay Area rock group has donated to wildfire funds of the California Community Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, North Valley Community Foundation and Community Foundation of North Central Washington. 2 p.m. 5:25 p.m. Cal Fire video aircraft video shows smoky conditions near Bothe-Napa Valley State Park: Video taken from an aircraft flying near Bothe-Napa Valley State Park shows thick clouds of smoke rising from the Glass Fire, according to video shared by Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Saturday afternoon. to include the East Bay hills and the Santa Cruz mountains. 12:41 a.m. 14,000 Santa Rosa PG&E customers lose power: PG&E said 14,241 homes and businesses it serves in Santa Rosa have lost power, likely because of the fire spreading in the area. 5:10 a.m. Fire conditions predicted in mountainous Napa, Sonoma counties: Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 30 mph at the highest elevations in the North Bay mountains this week, which could spark more fires in an area already under siege by the 46,600-acre Glass Fire, according to the National Weather Service. 9 p.m. August Complex grows to more than 900,000 acres: The August Complex, already the largest wildfire in California’s recorded history, grew to 902,463 acres Monday evening, Cal Fire reported on its website. 7:55 a.m. Latest on Creek Fire in Fresno, Madera counties: The Creek fire is now 312,063 acres in size and 49% contained, according to Cal Fire. The prospect of strong winds coupled with low humidity has meteorologists worried. In Santa Rosa, those areas include Oakmont South and some areas of Oakmont North and Stonebridge. As they scour for the dead and missing, fire officials are also contending with tens of thousands of evacuees who are eager to return to their homes. 8:23 a.m. Sonoma County grapples with future: Lingering trauma from the deadly Tubbs firestorm three years ago has bled into the devastation of this year’s still-burning Glass Fire as Sonoma County and Santa Rosa officials look to shape the county’s future, using about $245 million received through PG&E’s massive bankruptcy settlement this year. The investigation is ongoing. “Looting has never really been a problem in Napa,” Crawford said. Rain could still fall, probably north of the Golden Gate, on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, but a Friday storm will head far north and miss the Bay Area. 7:08 a.m. Rainfall could be a reprieve but won’t snuff Glass Fire: The hot, dry weather will begin to fade away Wednesday and Thursday and could bring some precipitation on Friday and Saturday — but not enough to extinguish the Glass Fire in Wine Country, meteorologists said. “It isn’t taking much for fires to establish there,” Cal Fire Chief Mark Brunton said Wednesday. The tasting room and house remain intact. The company is restoring power where it can. 7:15 p.m. Glass Fire containment rises to 15%: The Glass Fire is 15% contained and 63,450 acres, up from 10% contained and 62,360 acres this morning, Cal Fire said. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Angwin and nearby Calistoga, where the flames spread Monday night. “The past couple of days, we’ve been able to make significant progress on our fire fight,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Brunton said. Weather Service issues fire weather watches for Glass, Dolan fires: The National Weather Service’s Bay Area office issued fire weather watches for the Glass and Dolan fires, saying that while upcoming “weather wont be nearly as strong as this past weekend for the Glass Fire but still critical with hot temps, low humidity, dry fuels and breezy winds.” The Weather Service has not yet called for a red flag warning, which is one step above a fire weather watch. They say that with climate change upon us, achieving a fire-resistant landscape is not a realistic goal. “We’d never dealt with anything like this, until the Tubbs Fire,” in 2017, said Jonathan Andre of Bennett Valley. The fire has destroyed more than 620 homes and damaged still more. Photo: Photos by Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle. 8:05 a.m. ‘I just can’t deal with this anymore’: Wine Country residents grapple with a fiery future: As devastating wildfires pummel the North Bay for three of the past four years, some residents wonder how much more trauma they can take and whether they should continue living in a region altered by climate change. 12:27 p.m. Road closures in Santa Rosa: According to police, closures include all lanes of Highway 12 between Mission Boulevard & Pythian Road eastbound Montgomery Drive east of Mission Boulevard and all roads east of Calistoga Road between Montecito Boulevard and Highway 12. The devastated farmhouse contained all of the company’s bottled wine, some fermentation tanks and some offices, though the property’s castle structure remains intact. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Sean Norman said it won’t be enough to extinguish the fire, but also shouldn’t be enough to trigger dangerous debris flows in areas scarred by the flames. See an updated account from Chronicle reporters of the damage the wildfire has caused to date. The governor will also direct his administration to develop strategies to capture carbon from the atmosphere and store in the state’s natural and working lands such as forests, farms, wetlands and coasts. Extreme fire hazards in August Complex: Firefighters in the northern section of the record-breaking August Complex fires in Trinity and Humboldt County have reported zero visibility due to dense smoke, Cal Fire reported Thursday. The smaller Shady Fire, one of two that merged with the Glass Fire on Monday, is believed to have ignited from wind that blew sparks or embers from the Glass Fire, but that also is not confirmed, officials said. Read the whole story here. Nanette Asimov reports the story here. 9:19 a.m. Dispatches from the Wine Country fires: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, editor Demian Bulwa talks to reporters Megan Cassidy and Dustin Gardiner as they cover wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties, and Esther Mobley about fire damages to the area’s wineries. The fires, the LNU in the North Bay and the SCU in the East Bay and Central Valley, burned through more than 760,000 acres, killed five people and destroyed 1,700 structures. Immediate evacuation ordered in Sonoma County as flames erupt in multiple locations: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office ordered residents near the Sonoma-Napa County line to evacuate immediately after “multiple fires” erupted on Los Alamos Road and St. Helena Road. He’s staying open to serve the firefighters and utility workers who come in to buy food, water and ice. The folks over there are working tirelessly every day in all the sections of the Walbridge Fire.”. 2:07 p.m. Fight against Glass Fire includes Lake County: The fight against the Glass Fire now includes Lake County, Billy See, a Cal Fire assistant chief, said Thursday. More than 14,000 strikes have been reported since the summer storm that besieged Northern California in recent weeks — with 400 strikes in the past day alone. Read the latest details here. At least 143 Napa County wineries were within evacuation zones, emegency officials said and many owners were waiting to survey how their vineyards fared. Shortly after 5 a.m., wind speeds were 6 miles per hour, gusting to 8 miles per hour. Fires merge into Glass Fire: Cal Fire says two smaller fires, the Shady Fire and the Boysen Fire, have merged and become part of the larger, rapidly spreading Glass Fire now burning through Napa and Sonoma counties. The West Zone — which includes portions of Mendocino, Humboldt and Lake counties — is now 60% contained, Cal Fire reported in its nightly update. 5:54 a.m. Gusty winds in North Bay hills continue to drive fires: According to the National Weather Service, the North Bay hills are seeing winds gusts of 40 to 60 miles per hour at elevations over 1,500 feet, along with “a very dry airmass” that has significantly lowered humidity. The good news is that firefighters have been successful in fighting the fire off from Angwin. Santa Clara Cal Fire Unit Chief Jake Hess tried to shore up morale during a Wednesday afternoon briefing, acknowledging that just about everybody is run ragged. Photo: Michael Cabanatuan / The Chronicle. 10:08 a.m. Newsom to tour Glass Fire zone: Gov. 2:37 a.m. 7:23 a.m. Glass Fire forecast: A patchy, dense fog prevailed over the Bay Area coastline Monday morning — enough to ground airplanes at SFO, but not deep enough to bring moisture to Wine Country hills where the Glass Fire rages on, National Weather Service meteorologists said. But the weather remains unpredictable: Thunderstorms might hit areas north of Redding, possibly spreading into the Sierra Nevada and the Tahoe basin, according to Cal Fire assistant deputy director Daniel Berlant.

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