Glass Fire in California burned one acre every five seconds, officials say


The wildfire racing California’s wine country has more than tripled in size, burning one acre every five seconds as crews struggle to get a handle on the blazes, authorities said.

Cal Fire said Tuesday that the Glass Fire rapidly spreading through the Napa Valley and Sonoma counties has torched at least 46,560 acres while remaining 0 percent contained.

The fire erupted early Sunday around 4 a.m. local time, spreading through the wine country at a rate of 1 acre every five seconds between then and Monday morning, CNN reported.

More than 100 buildings, including homes and winery installations, had been destroyed by the inferno, which had tripled in size as of Monday night, officials said.

Meanwhile, more than 70,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in Sonoma and Napa counties, CNN reported.

But Ben Nicholls, a division chief with Cal Fire, said that the powerful gusts accelerating the inferno had begun to ease, leaving the agency “much more confident” about containing the blazes.

“We don’t have those critical burning conditions that we were experiencing those last two nights,” he said.

The Glass Fire is one of nearly 30 fires currently raging across the Golden State in a historic wildfire season.

The Glass Fire burns behind Merus Wines vineyards in Napa Valley, California.

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The Glass Mountain Inn burns in St. Helena, California.

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The Glass Fire burns in the hills near a vineyard in St. Helena, California.

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Napa Valley residents look towards embers from the Glass Fire in Calistoga, California.


A burned car is seen next next to a house reduced to ashes by the Glass Fire in Napa Valley, California.

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