Napa wildfire forces evacuation of Silverado Resort after Safeway Open

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Napa wildfire forces evacuation of Silverado Resort after Safeway Open

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Napa wildfire forces evacuation of Silverado Resort after Safeway Open

UPDATE NO. 2 (3:45 p.m. ET): Silverado Resort’s Twitter account is trying to answer questions and provide updates, but says it can’t provide accurate information because roads to the resort are closed.

The wildfire is still active, though Silverado said the winds are dying down and that the resort structures are still intact.

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UPDATE NO. 1 (3 p.m. ET): It appears as if the wildfire affecting Napa, Calif., has begun to cause damage to Silverado Resort, site of last week’s Safeway Open.

A photo posted by CNN on Twitter shows flames engulfing grandstands on Silverado’s North Course. The course just hosted the PGA Tour’s season opener, which concluded Sunday.

There are three fast-moving wildfires in the Napa area that have now damaged 44,000 acres, according to CNN.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

A wildfire near Atlas Peak in Napa, Calif., forced the evacuation of Silverado Resort and Spa on Sunday night, just hours after Brendan Steele successfully defended his Safeway Open title on the resort’s North Course.

The wildfire is among several fires, spanned over two counties (Napa and Sonoma), that have already destroyed tens of thousands of acres, including many homes and businesses. Thousands of people and at least two hospitals have been evacuated, according to the Weather Channel.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Atlas Peak fire, which had burned 200-plus acres as of Monday morning, forced guests at Silverado Resort to evacuate “in a rush as flames approached.”

An update by Golf Channel’s Kay Cockerill indicated that the fire had damaged close to 12,000 acres as of Monday afternoon.

Photos from those at the resort showed flames visible from the parking lot of the clubhouse. Also, one person on Twitter posted an image of the South Course with flames in the background, writing that structures across the street were burning.

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