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Mountain fires erupt in California's wine-producing Napa Valley

A mountain fire broke out near Napa Valley, a well-known wine region in California, on the 27th, covering more than 809 hectares and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes and a hospital.

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It"s grape harvest time in Napa Valley, a wine region that has been ravaged by many hill fires over the past few years.

Glass Hill Fire 27 early in the morning in northern California Napa County near the city of Calistoga, by the wind to the neighboring city of Deer Park and St. Helena spread, approaching St. Helena Hospital within one kilometer. As of the evening of 27 local time, the fire spread at a rate of 80 kilometers per hour, the fire was not effectively controlled.

St. Helena Hospital spokeswoman Linda Williams told Reuters that the evacuation of patients began at about 7 a.m. The San Francisco Bay Area dispatched multiple ambulances and multiple helicopters to safely move 55 patients from the hospital within five hours. This is the second time since August that this hospital has been forced to evacuate due to a hill fire.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Terry Zander said about 600 homes were ordered to evacuate and another 1,400 were prepared to evacuate at any time, for a total of about 5,000 people affected by the evacuation notice.

The cause of the fire is not clear at this time. No injuries were reported. Reuters reported that a number of buildings in St. Helena were burned down.

The raging glass fires coincided with the Napa Valley grape harvest season. Napa Valley Wine Trade Organization data show that the 475 wineries in this region produce only 4% of California's annual grape production, but retail sales of red wine account for half of the wine produced in California.

Including Napa Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding multiple wine production areas in the past few years by the mountain fires. Angwin a vineyard owner Susan Kraus told Reuters that it takes days or weeks to assess the impact of the Glass Hill Fire on wineries, and most people have finished harvesting when they encounter fires are not good.

In response to the High Sierra Fire risk level, California's largest electricity provider, American Pacific Gas and Electric, previously announced the suspension of power deliveries to 16 counties in northern and central California. The power outage is expected to affect 65,000 homes and businesses in those areas.