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VERY SERIOUS Fires in Napa & Sonoma

Posted by EMark, Oct 9.

I hate to point to an off-Snooth forum, but this discussion over on WB will give a lot of information

https://www.wineberserkers.com/foru...

The San Francisco ABC affiliate is live streaming

http://abc7news.com/live/

Sad to report that our friend Outthere's home is in the danger zone.  As of  about 15 minutes ago, he posted that he is monitoring the situation, but he is prepared to leave.

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 9.

Terrible, terrible situation.  Hope OT remains safe and that nothing is lost.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/09/us/california-fires/index.html

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 9.

This from Wine Spectator - "Multiple wildfires spread across large portions of Napa and Sonoma counties overnight, forcing thousands from their homes, burning dozens of structures and scorching tens of thousands of acres. Signorello Estate Winery and reportedly Chateau St. Jean were destroyed, and several more wineries are reportedly threatened."

Signorello Estate Winery burns. - WS

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 9.

William Hill -

This from Wine Enthusiast - Atlas Peak left to burn, Counties under state of emergency and residents scramble to flee flames.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 9.

Thanks for posting this, Mark, helping us be aware of what's going on earlier than otherwise might've been the case.

Wow--in very much not a good way. Lots of loss already. When was the last time Napa and Sonoma burned like this? Aside from all the loss of livestock and potentially human life, as well as other property damage, so much good wine is also undoubtedly being lost. There's something so devastating about having all material evidence of your life and livelihood wiped out in this way.

Obviously hope Brian, his family, and all others get through this safely. 

 

QUICK UPDATES:
  • Deaths, Injuries: 1 dead, 100 Injured (12:17 pm)
  • Containment: 0% (1:57 pm)
  • Acres Burned: 70,000+ (CalFire)
  • People Evacuated: 20,000+ (CalFire)
  • People without power: 14,000
  • Structures damaged: 1,500 (early morning estimate)
  • Weather: Red Flag warning tonight, but winds expected in  20 mph range as opposed to 70+ last night
  • Wineries damaged or destroyed: 10 ( a growing list – Updated 2:01 pm.)

 

Other

  • Satellite fire coverage (graphic, below-updated 11:34 am, Oct 9)
  • Updated Santa Rose evacuation map, below.
  • Wildfire Viewer (updated hourly, but not coverage of Mendo and Lake fires)
  • Cal Fire Incidents (not updated frequently … too busy fighting the fire?)
  • Santa Rosa fires rage unchecked as firefighters prioritize safety over property. SR Hilton burned to ground, Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Hospitals evacuated, large retail area in north Santa Rosa including Trader Joe’s destroyed.
  • Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Reports Damage, Staff Safe
  • Silverado Resort damaged.

 

 

As of 10/09 at 11:33am

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Reply by EMark, Oct 9.

There was a very serious fire up there 2 or 3 years ago.  If I'm not mistaken, I think Brian's M-I-L lost her home.

Officials have reported two confirmed deaths and are assuming there will be more.

In the meantime, it is getting seriously windy down here--yes, Santa Ana winds.  There's now a big fire in Anaheim Hills that has destroyed houses.

View out my office window.  Smoke from Anaheim Hills

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 9.

I hate to be a rumor monger, especially in cases like this, but on Facebook people are saying Hess, Darioush and Nicholson were hit and there is no word out of Atlas Peak.

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 9.

What a brutal day, well stated Dave.

Following Facebook today it's looking like Brian (OT) is ok in Forestville, and the folks at Myriad are managing ok as well.

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 9.

Depending on the source - 7 to 10 dead.  Helluva thing.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 9.

cf OT over on WB:

"7 confirmed fatalities in Sonoma County so far per the Sheriff Dept Twitter acct."
 
Some photos from there:
 
Nicholson Ranch:
 
 
River Rd. Santa Rosa looking south on 101:
 
Smoke plumes:
 
OT's reports over on WB have been as clear, succinct and to the point as anyone's. Good debunking, too. Unfortunately he's also listed a great number of wineries and inns and restaurants that are 'gone', places like the Vintner's Inn/John Ash that I used to stay at multiple times for business, but that's only a drop in the bucket. Lots of wine lost, but more importantly lives, and of course animal lives, etc., etc. Unless climate change just gets worse and worse, and barring any other massive act of force majeure or societal change, this seems like it's ramping into a once-in-a-lifetime disaster.
 
 
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Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 9.

Wow.  We've been hearing about it throughout the day via my wife's Twitter account.  Simply devastating.  I hope they can contain it soon.  You guys need some rain most quickly.  Good to hear that OT is ok for now.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 10.

I just read that about 2/3 rd's to 3/4 th's of the grapes have been picked in the Napa and Sonoma counties.  I hope the winds die down today.

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 10.

Anxious to hear updates today. 

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10.

OT’s reports make it clear that this will have a huge impact on entire extended families in winery and related businesses in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. Not just the monetary number that will be given for the disaster, but the long term effects are hard to grab ahold of right now.

Wonder if Trump will have the chutzpah to try and make one of his flying ‘relief support’ PR visits to Sonoma. Secret Service would probably be nervous about it, and… well you guys can imagine the response as well as I can…

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Reply by EMark, Oct 10.

In the last WB post from OT, this morning, he seemed pretty calm.

 

Wonder if Trump will have the chutzpah to try and make one of his flying ‘relief support’ PR visits to Sonoma. Secret Service would probably be nervous about it, and… well you guys can imagine the response as well as I can

My guess is that the administration has already calculated that California has more Spanish-speaking residents than Puerto Rico.

So, they are stocking up AF One with more rolls of paper towels.

This is so embarrassing.  It's like shooting fish in a barrel.

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 10.

Here's an update from Morgan at Bedrock.

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 10.

From Mercury News - Updated Tuesday 9:10 a.m. Alison deGrassi of Visit Mendocino confirmed that two Redwood Valley wineries were destroyed by the fires — Frey Winery and Oster Wine Cellars, owned by Kenny and Teresa Oster. The vineyards at Masut Vineyard and Winery in Redwood Valley also reportedly burned, deGrassi said, but she had yet to confirm that report.

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 10.

This is a better accounting:

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Massive-Wildfires-Devastate-Parts-of-Napa-and-Sonoma%20County?utm_campaign=SipsTips101017&utm_source=Sips-Tips-101017B&utm_medium=email

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 10.

Paul, do you know how to make your links active? See those light blue buttons top right of the text edit box, to the right of the Bold, Italics, butlleted list, etc. buttons? That's what they're for, one for adding a link, the other for deleting it. Highlight any text in the body of your message, click on the leftmost button of the two, then drop in the URL you've C&P'd from elsewhere and ultimately save/publish your post.

Lot more convenient for all of us if we just have to click on a live link. More attractive, too.  ;-)

 

Back to Napa and Sonoma's horrors, unfortunately last I heard something like 100 persons were still missing, which means the death toll may still rise.

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 11.

This doesn't seem to be getting better as hoped. More evacuations, including Mt. Veeder.

Federal aid would've been a good idea today.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 11.

Not too many members of POTUS' support group in those counties...

Has Jerry Brown asked for it?

California's looking real good right now.  :-(

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