Cal Fire reported continued progress Tuesday in fighting the Glass Fire, with containment growing from 30% to 50% over the previous 24 hours and mandatory evacuations lifted in Angwin and Pope Valley.
Residents of Angwin and Pope Valley got the news mid-afternoon that evacuation orders had been lifted and they could return to their homes. Many road closures still remained in the area, including Silverado Trail between Deer Park Road and Picket Road and Highway 29 from Tubbs Lane to the Lake County line.
Tuesday morning’s report revealed more property damage. Cal Fire now says 290 Napa County houses and 321 commercial structures were destroyed.
Residential destruction was greater in Sonoma County where 310 single-family houses were lost, but only 12 commercial structures were destroyed.
Napa County released an interactive map showing the locations of the destruction at https://bit.ly/30BjSiX
The Angwin Volunteer Fire Department reported on Facebook Tuesday morning that the fire threat was looking much better for their community.
“We’ve got containment line around Angwin!!!,” the fire department reported. “There is still uncontained line at the bottom of Ink Grade Rd and in Pope Valley. The fire also continues to burn in the direction of Middletown and the majority of efforts continue there.”
On Tuesday “crews will still be on all lines continuing clean up mopping up and back hauling hose and trash out of the fire line,” the volunteer department said.
On Tuesday morning, Cal Fire reported that 16 firefighters in Sonoma County were evaluated for possible carbon monoxide exposure that occurred at a site away from the fire, and one firefighter was taken to a Santa Rosa hospital for further evaluation.
Utility companies were working to restore services to the area before evacuation orders are lifted, the department said.
In its Tuesday morning report, Cal Fire there had been “moderate” fire growth overnight, with low humidity and above-average temperatures in the higher elevations above Calistoga.
The Glass Fire, which started Sept. 27 outside Deer Park has burned 66,840 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties, an increase of 1,260 acres from 24 hours earlier. An estimated 40,000 acres are in Napa County where some 7,000 county residents remain under mandatory evacuation orders.
Because of reduced need, Napa County said it would be closing the services shelter at Napa Valley College at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The CrossWalk Community Church shelter remains open.
Cal Fire reported having 2,791 firefighters working the fire, with support from 409 fire engines, 48 water tenders, 20 helicopters and 48 dozers, with continued support from air tankers.
The cause of the Glass Fire remains under investigation.
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