Just got a text from a friend at Ledson and he said they are closed, no power, and Kenwood hit pretty hard. He said the fires extend from Napa into Glen Ellen. Another friend in the Soda Canyon area sent photos showing their vineyard surrounded by flames. There's a photo of the raceway in Sonoma we always go to for the Indy race with the line of flames cutting down the hillsides - green on one side and black on the other. Devastating.
It's a very sad day in the valley. My family has property in Calistoga off of Petrified Forest road. I was cooking dinner on the deck last night around 8:00 pm and something didn't feel right. I have not seen wind get that high this time of year. Two hours later the fire started. We evacuated the property around 12:00 am and the fire missed the property by about a mile. We're safe for now. Calistoga is without power and it feels like a ghost town on main street.

It's heartbreaking to think about how many people this is impacting.
We were up there this weekend. It was hot all weekend and the winds were crazy yesterday afternoon, from Napa all the way to Sacramento. We have a place on Vichy (south of Silverado CC) and my in-laws have a place inside Silverado CC, both were evacuated early in the morning. We came back to SD last evening around 7pm before the fires, and awoke at 2:00am to lots of text messages. Luckily my in-laws had also left yesterday morning for vacation. Our friends in the neighborhood were able to evacuate quickly. Sounds like neighbors really took care of each other. Hope people can get out safely.

Praying for the families affected and for the brave guys going out there to fight the fires.
This is second hand from a prominent winemaker in Napa. These wineries have taken damage or were destroyed. More will be know in the next 24 hours.

Signorello
Antica
Ch St Jean
Pride
Casa Piena,
Stags Leap
Scribe
Darioush
Silverado Country Club
Poetry Inn

So sad...
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Originally posted by MOCGator:
This is second hand from a prominent winemaker in Napa. These wineries have taken damage or were destroyed. More will be know in the next 24 hours.

Signorello
Antica
Ch St Jean
Pride
Casa Piena,
Stags Leap
Scribe
Darioush
Silverado Country Club
Poetry Inn

So sad...


A couple of hours ago, Cliff Lede said the Poetry Inn, as well as their winery and vineyards, were undamaged from the fire.
Just heard from GF's aunt over in Fountain grove area of Santa Rosa which is one of the ground zero areas. She's on the southeastern edge of the perimeter off Brush Creek Road. As of now she still has a home but a half a block away it's a disaster zone. Hoping it stays away. It's gonna be that close for many
Just got word from the owner of the house we’ve rented for years in the mountains over Glen Ellen that the house is gone. Heartbreaking, but no one in the family or neighborhood was hurt which is the most important thing.

Prayers for everyone out there.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Just got word from the owner of the house we’ve rented for years in the mountains over Glen Ellen that the house is gone. Heartbreaking, but no one in the family or neighborhood was hurt which is the most important thing.

Prayers for everyone out there.

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Windsor has been untouched so far but supposed to get pretty windy later today and tonight. Things can change real fast tonight for a lot of people through out county. Air quality has been really bad everywhere. Gas has been turned off in Windsor since Monday afternoon. Many businesses closed and big lines at gas stations. I know several people who lost homes in Santa Rosa with little notice to get anything out but themselves where as we have our RV packed and ready.
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Originally posted by mountainman:
Windsor has been untouched so far but supposed to get pretty windy later today and tonight. Things can change real fast tonight for a lot of people through out county. Air quality has been really bad everywhere. Gas has been turned off in Windsor since Monday afternoon. Many businesses closed and big lines at gas stations. I know several people who lost homes in Santa Rosa with little notice to get anything out but themselves where as we have our RV packed and ready.


Good luck, hope they can contain the fires
Got email from Hall Wines that they're working with the Redwood Credit Union to match donations dollar for dollar up to $100K and also donating available rooms at the Senza hotel to anyone who lost their home in this disaster. Good for them. Probably other wineries are doing their part too.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Four days later and the fires are still raging. Frown

This map shows the areas with current wildfire activity:

http://sonomamap.maps.arcgis.c...4be886f6d4f8daf7b13f

A vast area to the east of the town of Napa and numerous areas in Sonoma.


Great map...thanks. Supposed to be in wine country the end of this month...

The places that are open will surely appreciate your business. It seems like from the little I've read that the places fortunate to be unaffected plan on helping their neighbors any way they can.
Been watching over Lagier Meredith on fire satellite map the last 36 hours, hoping for the best...
Reached out to Carole just now to check-in this is what she has to say...

"As of 5 pm Thursday our place was OK. Fire right up to our house but fire crew on site and protecting it. Very large numbers of engines and personnel moved into the Mt Veeder area on Thursday so they are now actively defending the area. (There was almost no defense for first 3 days because local resources were stretched so thin and high population density areas were a higher priority.)"
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Four days later and the fires are still raging. Frown


These events are not put out quickly ever. Once they get to this size it really takes a rain event to put it out. The Sobranes fire last year burned for over three months and it wasn't until rain on October 12th that it was declared 100% contained. The Loma fire near us was just 4500 acres and it burned 10+ days and was also not contained until the rain on the 12th.

There''s been no rain since May in Northern California. There are showers in the forecast for Thursday the 19th. There's really very little chance that humans can contain or control these fires before then.

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Originally posted by mareff:
People who are being interviewed are asking tourists to stay away from the area


As long as the fires are active you must stay away from the area. Fire crews rotate in and out on a constant basis, generally 12 hours on, 12 hours off and they need access to the roads to move themselves and equipment around. Stay away from the fire crew camps as well. There are many convict crews working for Cal Fire and as much as you may want to say thanks or provide food and water, the convict crews are not supposed to have any contact with civilians.

Once the fires are over Sonoma and Napa will need visitors. More than any other wine region in California they count on non-local visitors to maintain the economy.

Fire is a threat every year in rural California. Earthquakes, I don't give a crap about, we had one last night, woke me, was back asleep in 3 minutes. Fire is a constant threat. We see the air crews all summer long flying over, and every time it's a scramble to see where the fire is, how big it is and how fast it's moving. You literally stop everything you're doing when you see the planes or hear sirens. In our little community we all have each other on text. Within 10 minutes or so everyone knows what the event is and if there is any immediate risk. The area we live in has been evacuated two times in the last 10 years. Every fire has the potential to become a major event.
Lastest update from Carole Meredith about their property on Mt. Veeder, hoping for the best...

"As of 9 am Friday our house and vineyard still intact but fires all around it, some very close to house. Fire engine no longer there. No idea what's going to happen. We will have high winds Friday night thru Saturday and that could cause the fire situation to worsen. We just have to wait it out."

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