Flames nearly engulf roads as Californians evacuate wildfires in wine country
Terrifying dashcam footage shows drivers fleeing the California wildfires on roads almost engulfed by flames — as several new blazes ripped through the state’s famed wine region and forced thousands to evacuate.
“Never wait till the last second to evacuate,” the Napa County Sheriff’s Office wrote Sunday alongside the wild scenes from the region’s Glass Fire, which has also spread to neighboring wine mecca Sonoma County.
The video was taken by Deputy Matt Macomber, one of several deputies helping to enforce evacuation orders in the region from the new fire that authorities warned Sunday was spreading at a “dangerous rate of speed.”
The clip shows him driving behind a white vehicle as the flames completely covered the land right up to the edge of the road, with ashes falling onto his windshield.
CalFire ordered an evacuation Sunday of more than 1,800 people in the wine region because of an “immediate threat to life.”
The Glass Fire is threatening about 2,200 structures and about 5,000 people are under some form of evacuation notification, Napa County spokeswoman Janet Upton told CNN Sunday night.
It also decimated some vineyards in the famed region, including The Chateau Boswell Winery located on the Silverado Trail, according to KPIX.
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