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Fires Ravage PGA Tour venue Hours After the Event

A tent built for the 2017 Safeway Open burns at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
Only hours after the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open was run and won at Silverado Resort in Napa in California, the complex and surrounding neighbourhoods have been ravaged by what has been described as one of the worst wildfires in the state’s history.

US news outlets are reporting the death toll has risen to 10 people and 1,500 homes have been destroyed by the blaze, which began late Sunday night local time.

The towns of Sonoma, Yuba and Napa north of San Francisco have reportedly been among the worst hit.

Photographs show the fires spreading to Silverado and destroying tournament grandstands, which had been full of spectators earlier in the day to watch Brendan Steele claim his third PGA Tour title on the resort’s North Course.

Authorities said 14 fires had swept across an area of 57,000 acres as California’s governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Sonoma, Yuba and Napa. 

Silverado Resort said via Twitter that it had closed in response to the fires and had safely evacuated its staff and guests.

NBC Bay Area news reporter Jodi Hernandez posted several videos & photos on Twitter detailing damage caused to homes neighbouring the PGA Tour venue.

Source: Twitter/@JodiHernandezTV

The first reported human casualty came from a blaze in Mendocino County more than 100 kilometres north of Napa while news outlets have reported two people from Napa County have also died amid the blaze.

Reigning Safeway Open champion Brendan Steele was among PGA Tour players who have offered words of support after news broke of the devastating fires.


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