Community of Deer Park devastated by fire; homes and elementary school destroyed


Possibly the greatest concentration of fire damage from the Glass Fire is in the community of Deer Park north east of St. Helena.

The small community of just over 1,200 people sustained significant damage with many homes and at least one building of the Foothills Adventist Elementary School completely destroyed.

Gan Dunnington lives in Deer Park and works at the St. Helena Hospital, which was evacuated Sunday.

"I’m a heart surgeon there and just live about two miles away," he said. “Pretty much everything between my house, which is close to Meadowood, to the hospital that I’ve seen is scorched earth. I mean it all looks pretty decimated."

Dr. Dunnington was in Paradise soon after the Camp Fire destroyed much of the town in 2018 and says Deer Park today looks much the same as Paradise did.

The Meadowood Napa Valley resort and several decades old wineries also sustained some significant fire damage.

Fire crews from Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose were among those that came to assist in the effort.

Duncan Wylie is with the Alameda County Fire Department and spent Sunday night fighting back the fire along the Silverado Trail with mixed results.

"Honestly the weather conditions haven’t helped, a lot of wind, lot of heat and limited resources. So you do what you can with what you have."

CAL FIRE has yet to release any official assessments of the damage.