The gigantic forest and bush fires in California are meanwhile also causing severe damage to the world-famous Napa Valley wine-growing region.
Several vineyards were eaten up by the flames, and tens of thousands of people in the region fled the fire on Monday. The fire was fanned by strong winds at speeds of up to around 90 km / h.
The “Glass Fire” that broke out in Northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday destroyed, among other things, the renowned Chateau Boswell winery and parts of the Castello di Amorosa winery. Other wineries were threatened by the flames.
According to the fire department, around 4,500 hectares of land in the Napa Valley had been destroyed by the “Glass Fire” by Monday. The fire is spreading at a “dangerous” pace and is nowhere under control. More than a thousand firefighters were deployed in the Napa Valley.
According to the police, three people in Shasta administrative district were killed in the “Zogg Fire” around 320 kilometers further north. This major fire also broke out on Sunday. In the area of the “Zogg Fire” and “Glass Fire”, a total of more than 35,000 residents were ordered by the authorities to vacate their apartments and houses and to go to safety.
Another major fire called “Shady Fire” raged in Sonoma, which is directly adjacent to the Napa Valley. 4500 residents of a facility for the elderly were brought to safe locations in the middle of the night in official vehicles.
The Napa Valley and Sonoma Counties had been hit by devastating forest and bush fires three years ago, killing 44 people and destroying thousands of buildings. This year, major fires have been raging in the most populous US state for several months.
Scientists believe that climate change is partly responsible for the forest and bush fires that have been growing in the western United States for years. According to her, the drought in the vegetation is increasing significantly as a result of global warming, which in turn favors the rapid spread of the flames. However, US President Donald Trump recently questioned climate change during a visit to California – not for the first time.
(APA / AFP)
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