Wildfires rip through California wine country, thousands flee homes

St. Helena (United States) (AFP) – Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in California’s Napa Valley Monday as wildfires ripped through the region’s world-famous wine country.Under an opaque orange sky, trees and vineyards were consumed and houses devastated by the fire that had burned its way over more than 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) by Monday morning.Some vineyards had already gone up in smoke, such as the Chateau Boswell Winery in the town of St Helena, while others, like Merus Wines and Davis Estates were under imminent threat from the fast-moving flames.”I grabbed my neig…

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