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The Chateau Boswell winery in the Napa Valley was destroyed by glass fires


Wildfire in northern California's Napa Valley wine country that burned down Chateau Boswell more than quadrupled to 11,000 acres overnight, and thousands of residents awoke to mandatory evacuation orders on Monday.

The flame, since then called the Glass Fire, ignited at 3:50 a.m. on Sunday near Calistoga, about 60 miles north of San Francisco, and was fueled by gusts of dry wind through the area's famous vineyards.

The subsequent Shady and Boysen fires merged with Glass and burned 17 square miles early Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety, or Cal Fire.

Video footage from the Napa Sheriff & # 39; s Office showed authorities driving through the area to ensure residents were escorted to safety after more than a thousand firefighters battled to contain the flames.

Two thousand people in California's Napa Valley wine-growing region were ordered to evacuate their homes and another 3,000 were instructed to prepare.

The Chateau Boswell winery will be burned to the ground by forest fires in St. Helena, California on Monday after being devoured on Sunday

A before and after shot of the Chateau Boswell winery after the glass fire in Saint Helena, California
The flame, since then called the Glass Fire, ignited at 3:50 a.m. on Sunday near Calistoga, about 60 miles north of San Francisco, and was fueled by gusts of dry wind through the area's famous vineyards. The remains of the Chateau Boswell winery can be seen after the glass fire broke through on September 28th in Saint Helena, California, USA

A before and after shot of the Chateau Boswell winery after the glass fire in Saint Helena, California

Boswell is one of the few family-run private wineries in the area and contributes to the Napa's reputation

Boswell is one of the few family-run private wineries in the area and contributes to the reputation of the Napa area

The Chateau Boswell winery began 40 years ago with a focus on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but has now branched out

The Chateau Boswell winery began 40 years ago with a focus on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but has now branched out

Of hundreds of Napa wineries, the company is one of the few that are sold directly to customers rather than through dealers

Of hundreds of Napa wineries, the company is one of the few that are sold directly to customers rather than through dealers

The subsequent Shady and Boysen fires merged with the initial fire and burned 17 square miles early Monday

The subsequent Shady and Boysen fires merged with the initial fire and burned 17 square miles early Monday

A truck melted into the ground after the devastating fire pierced the Northern California area on Sunday

A truck melted into the ground after the devastating fire pierced the Northern California area on Sunday

The subsequent Shady and Boysen fires merged with Glass and burned 17 square miles early Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety, or Cal Fire. Pictured the stone winery, Chateau Boswell Winery, St. Helena, Napa Valley, Napa County, California, before the fire

The subsequent Shady and Boysen fires merged with Glass and burned 17 square miles early Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety, or Cal Fire. Pictured the stone winery, Chateau Boswell Winery, St. Helena, Napa Valley, Napa County, California, before the fire

CHATEAU BOSWELL

The Chateau Boswell Winery was opened in 1979 by the late Richard Boswell and is one of the few family-owned wineries among the 554 Napa Valley wineries.

When it launched 40 years ago, it was unique that at that time it was one of only 71 wineries in the region that acted like a boutique winery – it was sold direct to customers when others were through a dealer were sold.

It used to focus on the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, but has since branched out with its portfolio.

It is currently under the direction of Susan Boswell and is used by customers taking advantage of the very limited bottling and environmental standards on water and energy consumption.

The glass fire started on Sunday, but firefighters reported three more fires in the area on Monday morning, treating them as one large flame that quickly burned more than 1,000 acres and destroyed an unknown number of homes.

The Chateau Boswell was founded in 1979 by the late Richard Boswell and is currently run by Susan Boswell. It is one of the few family-run private wineries in the area and it adds to the reputation of the Napa area.

In addition to the destruction of Chateau Boswell in the city of St. Helena, the Castello di Amorosa winery in the style of a castle with a tourist attraction as well as Merus Wines and Davis Estates were directly threatened by the fast-moving flames. The Black Rock Inn Bed & Breakfast was also on fire.

Firefighters deployed 133 engines, 22 water tenders, five helicopters and 35 bulldozers, the Napa Valley Register said.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has supplied 65,000 households in Northern California with electricity as a precaution.

New evacuation orders were issued early Monday in Sonoma and Napa counties, including portions of the cities of Santa Rosa – the most populous place in Sonoma County's population of 177,000 – and St. Helena.

More than 8,500 houses and other buildings were threatened.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning by the end of Monday predicting low humidity and gusts of wind up to 55 mph through certain canyons.

The Napa Sheriff's Office said warning means there is a potential threat to life and / or property.

The fire also prompted the evacuation of the 151-bed Adventist Health St. Helena hospital for the second time in weeks on Sunday after lightning-fast flames swept the area in August.

It was the latest inferno in a historically devastating year in the entire western United States.

In California alone, forest fires have scorched more than 3.7 million acres to date, far more than any single year in the state's history.

As of August 15, 8,100 fires in the state have killed 26 people and destroyed more than 7,000 buildings. According to scientists, climate change has contributed to the growing intensity of forest fires.

A general view of the remains of the Chateau Boswell winery on the Monday after the glass fire broke through

A general view of the remains of the Chateau Boswell winery on the Monday after the glass fire broke through

The fires broke out at Chateau Boswell and other wineries in the middle of the grape harvest ahead of winter

The fires broke through Chateau Boswell and other wineries in the middle of the grape harvest leading up to winter

New evacuation orders were issued early Monday in Sonoma and Napa counties, including St. Helena

New evacuation orders were issued early Monday in Sonoma and Napa counties, including St. Helena

Forest fires destroy wineries and vineyards near Calistoga, California. Venge Vinyards is shown

Forest fires destroy wineries and vineyards near Calistoga, California. Venge Vinyards is shown

Wineries and vineyards near Calistoga, California were destroyed by forest fires. The letterbox of the Venge winery is shown

Wineries and vineyards near Calistoga, California were destroyed by forest fires. The letterbox of the Venge winery is shown

Video footage from the Napa Sheriff & # 39; s Office showed authorities driving through the area to ensure residents were evacuated to safety

The terrifying footage

Video footage from the Napa Sheriff & # 39; s Office showed authorities driving through the area to ensure residents were evacuated to safety

A fire hose lies on the floor outside a house that was destroyed in Santa Rosa, California

A fire hose lies on the floor outside a house that was destroyed in Santa Rosa, California

A San Bruno firefighter clears hotspots in a house destroyed by a glass fire on September 28 in Santa Rosa

A San Bruno firefighter clears hotspots in a house destroyed by a glass fire on September 28 in Santa Rosa

Firefighters pour water on a burning structure after the glass fire struck the Oakmont neighborhood on Monday

Firefighters pour water on a burning structure after the glass fire struck the Oakmont neighborhood on Monday

The fast moving glass fire set over 11,000 acres on fire in Sonoma and Napa counties

The fast moving glass fire set over 11,000 acres on fire in Sonoma and Napa counties

More than 8,500 homes and other buildings were threatened and it is unclear how many have already been destroyed

More than 8,500 homes and other buildings were threatened and it is unclear how many have already been destroyed

Much of Northern California will be under a red flag until Monday evening, warning of high fire risk

Much of Northern California will be under a red flag until Monday evening, warning of a high risk of fire

Flames consume a house in Oakmont while the glass fire burns in Santa Rosa

Flames consume a house in Oakmont while the glass fire burns in Santa Rosa

The remains of a house that was destroyed by the glass fire on September 28, 2020 in Santa Rosa, California

The remains of a house that was destroyed by the glass fire on September 28, 2020 in Santa Rosa, California

The remains of a house that was destroyed by the glass fire can be seen on Monday

The remains of a house that was destroyed by the glass fire can be seen on Monday

Strong winds at 90 km / h hampered attempts to extinguish the glass fire that broke out at 3:50 a.m. on Sunday and has so far burned down 2,500 acres near St. Helena.

St. Helena, about 15 miles north of Napa, has been the site of valuable wineries since the 1860s. Nearby is Beringer, one of California's oldest continuously operating wineries, founded in 1875 by Jacob Beringer and his brother Frederick. Some wines produced in the region sell for more than $ 460 per bottle.

"We saved the winery last night, but everything else was lost," Tuck Beckstoffer, president of a 20 acre vineyard near St. Helena, told Wine Spectator on Monday.

The wine country has been ravaged by terrible fires in recent years, including the 2017 Tubbs Fire that killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,600 homes and other buildings.

The area is also flanked by the LNU Lightning Complex, which triggered on August 17 and destroyed 363,000 acres. It is now 98 percent contained – in contrast to the glass fire, which is completely uncontrolled.

According to the press democrat, there are 743 houses and 1,857 people in the Glass Fire evacuation zone.

Another 1,370 houses and 3,425 people are in the larger evacuation warning zone.

Some were evacuated from their homes before dawn and evacuations continued throughout the day.

Oakmont Gardens retirement home community residents are evacuated by bus during the fast moving Shady Fire

Oakmont Gardens retirement home community residents are evacuated by bus during the fast moving Shady Fire

Chateau Boswell was the first winery to receive Napa Green certification in recognition of its environmental efforts

Chateau Boswell was the first winery to receive Napa Green certification in recognition of its environmental efforts

The roof of Chateau Boswell was ablaze as the fire swept across the area in the recent terrifying wildfire

The roof of Chateau Boswell was ablaze as the fire swept across the area in the recent terrifying wildfire

A plane dumps fire retardant chemicals on the hills above the Napa Valley vineyards

A plane dumps fire retardant chemicals on the hills above the Napa Valley vineyards

Chateau Boswell, a winery founded 40 years ago, was engulfed in flames on Sunday afternoon

Chateau Boswell, a winery founded 40 years ago, was engulfed in flames on Sunday afternoon

A Marin County firefighter is battling the glass fire in Calistoga as the flames hit fields and houses in the area

A Marin County firefighter is battling the glass fire in Calistoga as the flames hit fields and houses in the area

One vineyard was destroyed by the terrible fire that lit the sky orange and decimated much of the beautiful landscape

One vineyard was destroyed by the terrible fire that lit the sky orange and decimated much of the beautiful landscape

Among the evacuees were 50 patients at Adventist Health St. Helena Hospital in Deer Park.

It was the 151-bed hospital's second forest fire-related evacuation in a month after a massive buildup of lightning that swept several counties north of the San Francisco Bay area in August.

Fourteen Napa County Sheriff MPs went door to door urging people to evacuate.

The cause of the fire is being investigated and there have been no immediate reports of injuries.

The fire broke out in the middle of the traditional grape harvest in Napa Valley, known worldwide as one of California's premier wine regions.

The region's 475 wineries make up just 4 percent of the state's total annual grape harvest, but half the retail value of all California wines sold, according to the Napa Valley Vintners trade group.

Of the 16 wine growing areas or sub-appellations in Napa, the Howell Mountain area may have been the most threatened, said Lisa Covey, a spokeswoman for Hall Family Wines, who opened all three tasting rooms in the county during the day.

Napa and other wine-growing regions have been affected by forest fires in and around the Bay Area for several years. Susan Krausz, co-owner of Arkenstone Estate Vineyards in the Howell Mountain township of Angwin, said it would take days or weeks to evaluate the impact of the recent fire on valley winemakers.

"Most people have harvested," she said, but added, "Anytime is a bad time for a fire."

The Glass Mountain Inn is engulfed in flames after a fire broke out in St. Helena, California on Sunday that destroyed a number of homes

The Glass Mountain Inn is engulfed in flames after a fire broke out in St. Helena, California on Sunday that destroyed a number of homes

The glass fire burns behind the Merus Wines vineyards in the Napa Valley after a heat wave and dry winds created the perfect storm for the fire

The glass fire burns behind the Merus Wines vineyards in the Napa Valley after a heat wave and dry winds created the perfect storm for the fire

The vines of the Viader vineyards were shrouded in smoke on Sunday afternoon when the glass fire got out of control

The vines of the Viader vineyards were shrouded in smoke on Sunday afternoon when the glass fire got out of control

A large region of Northern California fought the raging fires as many homes were destroyed in the inferno

A large region of Northern California fought the raging fires as many homes were destroyed in the inferno

The slopes above Davis Estates winery were on fire Sunday, and firefighters were working to protect the site

The slopes above Davis Estates winery were on fire Sunday, and firefighters were working to protect the site

Tom Kaljian, 78, a realtor who owns a home about halfway between Calistoga and St. Helena, defied evacuation orders to spend the day with his wife hosing down their house and walking along a fence line that dated their property Silverado Trail separates, dry brushes major north-south road.

"We were told to get out of here, but I was trying to protect our little shelter, so we stayed," he told Reuters over the phone.

After firefighters told him the house was no longer in danger, he added, "I stopped watering at this point and came in and took a nap."

"We are very concerned about the red flag conditions tonight," said Janet Upton, spokeswoman for the Napa County Office of Emergency Services.

She said many of the communities were isolated and accessible via narrow, winding mountain roads, making the decision to evacuate more urgent.

Upton said the dry conditions and strong winds worried firefighters.

"There was discussion about relative humidity at high altitudes in the fire area of ​​only 0 percent – and oven dried wood is 9 percent," said Upton.

"This factor alone would trigger dangerous fire behavior without wind."

During the glass fire, a Cal Fire fire engine drives into the Louis Stralla water treatment plant

During the glass fire, a Cal Fire fire engine drives into the Louis Stralla water treatment plant

The moon rises behind burning trees along the famous Silverado Trail Road, home to dozens of famous wineries

The moon rises behind burning trees along the famous Silverado Trail Road, home to dozens of famous wineries

Firefighters protect a residence from the penetrating glass fire in a vineyard in Deer Park

Firefighters protect a residence from the penetrating glass fire in a vineyard in Deer Park

The spectacular 100 year old Davis Estate winery with its beautiful wood tasting room has been classified as under threat.

So does Reverie, which was founded 25 years ago on a lush hill in Napa.

Photos posted on social media showed planes flying over Davis Estate, dropping fire retardant chemicals to protect property.

Cal Fire used a DC10 aircraft that was capable of dropping nearly 10,000 gallons of retarder in eight seconds on each pass.

The wine country has been ravaged by terrible fires in recent years, including the 2017 Tubbs Fire that killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,600 homes and other buildings.

There are 743 homes and 1,857 people in the Glass Fire evacuation zone, according to district emergency officers

There are 743 homes and 1,857 people in the Glass Fire evacuation zone, according to district emergency officers

The trees around the famous Silverado Trail went up in flames on Sunday when the glass fire raged

The trees around the famous Silverado Trail went up in flames on Sunday when the glass fire raged

Chris Maschauser rides an ATV to cut off goats from Mascauser Vineyards and Ranch that had been hired to eat undergrowth to protect them from the advance of the fire

Chris Maschauser rides an ATV to cut off goats from Mascauser Vineyards and Ranch that had been hired to eat undergrowth to protect them from the advance of the fire

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