Currently, two dozen significant wildfires are burning in California, including one that is threatening the state’s wine country.

Parts of California’s wine country have been incinerated by a new wildfire that continues to burn out of control on Monday. Powerful winds — gusting up to 50 miles per hour — fanned the flames of the so-called Glass Fire overnight, more than quadrupling the number of acres burned in Napa and Sonoma counties.

At least three fires have now merged, forming the one massive inferno. The first blaze sparked early Sunday morning and was 0% contained as of early Monday, according to Cal Fire.

In an instant, home after home nestled along the hillsides quickly became kindling. Nearly 80,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as 8,500 structures are under threat.

Firefighters are flanking the edges of Santa Rosa – a city of 177,000 residents.

“Our number one concern is protecting lives and property and hopefully stop it from pushing farther where we don’t want it to go,” firefighter Dustin Blumenthal said.

Instead of pushing for infrastructure enhancements or new land management rules, Governor Gavin Newsom has decided to sign into law a new rule that allows transgender prisoners to be housed according to their gender identities.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses men and women in separate facilities, and transgender inmates often are housed based on their biological sex. Advocates have argued that this is dangerous, particularly for transgender women housed in male facilities.

The law says officers must ask inmates privately during the intake process if they identify as transgender, nonbinary or intersex. Those inmates can then request placement in a facility that houses either men or women.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation cannot deny requests solely because of inmates’ anatomy, sexual orientation or “a factor present” among other inmates at the facility, the law says.

The inmates also get to be addressed by the pronouns of their choice.

The law also requires officers to address transgender inmates based on the pronouns of their choice. And it requires officers to search inmates based on the search policy of their gender identity.

No wonder hundreds of Bay Area workers are taking a move-in deal being offered by one Oklahoma city.

How much money would it take to get you to leave the Bay Area? For hundreds of remote workers, it turns out that their price is $10,000.

Less than two weeks after ABC7 News profiled the Tulsa Remote program, officials say they have been flooded by hundreds of applicants looking to take them up on their offer to move to Oklahoma and work remote in exchange for $10,000.

Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Cisco are just a few of the companies that the applicants work for.

 

 
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