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Latest from my area:

Santa Cruz Mountains:

Beauregard, Big Basin and three smaller wineries have been evacuated.  It sounds like Beauregard's main vineyard was destroyed from a news report and approximate location.

Big Basin's outlook is grim from what I know/can tell.  The golf course in Boulder Creek was on fire last night and that's about 8 miles down hill from Big Basin.  The fire line seems to stretch right on Memory Lane.  The forest in that area means the road is in no way an effective fire break.  This is some of the most rugged and overgrown wilderness in the country.  Even though it's only 25 air miles from San Jose, every year people get lost in this area and it takes days or weeks to find them.

Nothing in this area really has what we call defensible space.  It's more like people live in tree houses.  The forest surrounds everything.  Roads are terrible, and very limited through this entire area.

Santa Clara Valley:

There are 10 wineries under evacuation alert as of this morning.  Everyone east of Hwy 101.  This area is downhill from the fire and there is good defensible space and much better roads and access.  All 10 are people I know well.

Moving animals is the major undertaking right now.  This is horse country and the roads were full of trailers last night.  Two of my neighbors were helping out last night moving horses and one of our wine club members is the emergency coordinator for animal evacuation in the County.  If needed we can close off our field here for up to 10 large animals.

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Not sure if people realize how bad this is.  The biggest fire (August complex) isn't even in the news.  For some perspective, here is Cal Fires incidents page.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

The Valley fire here in south SD county was 17k acres.  No small brush fire by any means....and it was dwarfed by many of the others.  Good thing the Santa Ana winds never developed last week as forecast or a thousand homes could have gone up in smoke just in this fire.

 

 

It is hard for us on the East Coast to understand the enormity of the fires.  However, this morning as I drove to the office, driving east, the sun was up. Not a cloud in the sky. But the haze, said to be from the smoke from the fires, roughly 2500-3000 miles away permeated the atmosphere and it was profoundly hazy.

 

 

@irwin posted:

It is hard for us on the East Coast to understand the enormity of the fires.  However, this morning as I drove to the office, driving east, the sun was up. Not a cloud in the sky. But the haze, said to be from the smoke from the fires, roughly 2500-3000 miles away permeated the atmosphere and it was profoundly hazy.

 

 

You should try being up here in the PNW. Getting some rain now, but every day for the past couple weeks it's been incredibly hazy with smoke from wildfires in CA, OR, and WA. Air quality warnings have been telling people to stay indoors. A few days ago, the news said that Portland, OR had the worst air quality of anywhere in the world. 

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