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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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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."
This has been a harrowing 10 days buy we’re rounding the corner towards recovery.
For us it started at 1am Monday morning when our phone rang. Phones ringing atbthatbtime are nver good news. Our Son who manages Stagecoach Vineyard up near Atlas Peak said his ranch was on fire and he and his Wife may eveacuate to our home in Forestville.
Winds are blowing through th etrees 40-60mph and all we can do is lay in bed listening to the wind, sirens and smelling smoke. 3am the phone rings again, my Daughter in Bennet Valley asking what she should do. “Evacuate now, come here!” I tell her.
Phones start blowing up with text messages, Nixle alerts, evacuation notices. Coffey Park is on fire, Hopper Ave businesses up in flames, US 101 shut down in both directions. Fire in Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Sebastopol. The freaking world is coming to an end! At this point laying in bed is moot. We get up and I turn on the TV and radio. They are showing video of a mobile home park on fire in Santa Rosa. My Wife’s best friends Mother lived in that park! The reporters going on about how up to 30 homes may be lost. All I can think is, “If that fire came over the hill from the Valley then Petrified Forest Rd, Porter Creek, Mark West, Fountaingrove are all on fire. This is a disaster of epic proportions. Everyone in the house is up and dressed.

My Wife works at te Press Democrat and has to go in to work the phones because none of her CS Reps can make it in due to evacs, road closures etc... A Nixle alert comes through:

‘The following areas are now under mandatory evacuation:
West of 101 in the Piner Rd area to Downtown Forestville
Cloverdale KOA
Palomino Rd all directions
Vanoni Rd to Gill Creek Rd, all directions
Arnold Drive to the State Hospital and West of Jack London State Park’

I head to high ground to assess the risk in Forestville. Fire still 10 miles East.
My Daughter calls from her Boyfriends home in Santa Rosa, they are evacuating.
5am, roads are packed with cars in this quiet rural town of 3,000 residents. I go to the gas station to fuel up and there are 30 cars waiting in line. Is this really happening? Go back home, my Wife is leaving. Normal 30 minute commute takes her 1-1/2hrs.

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A 4 hour time capsule to begin a 10 day nightmare. Still trying to account for everyone I know but it isn’t easy. 3,000+ homes destroyed just in our County. Scores of businesses burned. Up to 15,000 people displaced in an area that had a 2% vacancy rate. 5% of the total housing market in Santa Rosa gone. Yesterday was the first that resembled anything close to a normal work day but normal as we know it will not be normal for years. I look at the loss just to people I know and it is unbelievable. Hundreds of friends and extended family suddenly homeless. The magnitude of this disaster is nearly incomprehensible.
Oh, and this is a wine board. Wineries will recover, rebuild, reinvigorate just like the community. It’s what we do.

Nothing like a disaster to bring a community together though. The outpouring of volunteers, donations, and stories of 1,000s of people going above and beyond for their neighbor abound. Deep down we are so good. Wish we were always like this.

I’m not forgetting all the loss from Hurricanes, Earthquakes and the like which have been ongoing this year. But I witnessed this first hand so it hits me differently and more to my core. Now that the hillsides are bare are we going to have another heavy rain year like last? Landslides and flooding could double down on the mess we are already in. I pray that nobody ever has to go through something like this. Nerves completely frazzled, bad dreams at night, anxiousness about the future, and I didn’t burn. Think about what others have going on. Damn!

Footnote:
If anyone is interested I have a slew of fire relief wine auctions currently running in Commerce Corner at Wineberserkers.com.

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