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IN PICTURES: Glass Fire California

Flames from the Glass Fire consume the Glass Mountain Inn in St Helena (Image: Noah Berger/AP)
Firefighters stand near the encroaching Glass Fire as it burns a vineyard in Deer Park (Image: Adrees Latif/Reuters)
A plane drops red fire retardant on the Glass Fire at a vineyard in Deer Park (Image: Adrees Latif/Reuters)
Firefighting aircraft makes drops the Glass fire in Napa County at the Viader Vineyards and Winery in Deer Park (Image: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

Wildfire in Northern California’s Napa Valley more than quadrupled in size overnight to 4,500 hectares as thousands of residents received mandatory evacuation on Monday.

The blaze, named the Glass Fire, ignited on Sunday morning near Calistoga about 100 kilometres north of San Francisco and was fanned through the area’s famed vineyards by dry wind gusts. More than 1,000 firefighters have struggled to contain the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Wildfires have scorched more than 1.4 million hectares far exceeding any single year in state history. Since August 15, fires in the state have killed 26 people and destroyed more than 7,000 structures.




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