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City of Calistoga
Saturday October 3rd, 2020 :: 12:59 p.m. PDT


Currently No Change in Evacuation Status. Increased Fire Activity

The inversion layer lifted this morning and in some areas significant fire activity has picked up, particularly along Highway 29/Lake County Highway just south of the Lake County Line. Large smoke plumes are visible from the city. The clearing air at higher altitudes has allowed air attacks on the fire to resume. Additionally, fire activity has picked up in the Diamond Mountain/Kortum Canyon area near the Sonoma County Line. Crews continue to make progress on dozer lines in that area. Fire personnel and Unified Command are monitoring predicted winds for this afternoon. As of 7 a.m. the Glass Fire was at 62,360 acres and 10% containment. Over 2,600 personnel are working on the fire. 

A layer of heavy smoke continues to blanket Calistoga on the valley floor as the mandatory evacuation order remains in effect. Air quality within the city is at hazardous levels. Napa County has experienced the loss of 173 single family residences with an additional 57 damaged, and 264 commercial properties lost. Contrary to any news reports, no homes or commercial structures have burned within the Calistoga city limits (with the exception of an unrelated utility shed fire). Please do not call the Calistoga Fire Department to check on the status of your property. To repeat, there has been no damage from the Glass Fire within the city limits.

The PIH generator service area continue to be powered, as well as parts of town to the west of the Napa River. On the west side, the neighborhoods north of Lillie Street remain unpowered. Areas on the hillside west of Foothill Boulevard are also without power. PG&E is working on the issue diligently.

Calistoga Police and other law enforcement continue safety and security patrols of the city. At this time the City is unaware of any issues related to property safety or security.

The City is actively coordinating with Unified Command for the Glass Fire on a repopulation plan, however no timeline has been established at this point. The fire is still active and road blocks heavily limit access to Calistoga. Please do not attempt to return to Calistoga at this time. You will be stopped at the roadblocks and will not be allowed to pass. For anyone that did not evacuate, if you leave Calistoga you will not be allowed to return until the evacuation order is lifted.

The City’s main priority is getting residents home as soon as possible, but only when conditions are deemed safe to do so.There are many concerns beyond immediate fire risk. Crews are working to address damaged and fallen trees that threaten roadways into Calistoga. Silverado Trail south of Calistoga is particularly hazardous. Air quality, road closures, and the lack of services are all issues of consideration. Numerous agencies and jurisdictions are involved in repopulation planning. Repopulation information including how to be prepared to return will be provided as soon as authorized agencies have confirmed conditions for return are safe. Your patience and understanding are appreciated. 

Please see previous Nixles for more information.

Stay safe. Stay alert.  




City of Calistoga
1232 Washington St
Calistoga, CA 94515

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-942-2807

Sabrina Lopez
[email protected]

Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Expected - Responsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour)
Observed - Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Fire suppression and rescue

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