Update on Northern California Fires

I’m okay and it looks like we’ll be able to stay in our home without threats of fire – unless the wind changes direction over the next 24 hours or so. The wind will be increasing in strength as well, but not the 70 mph winds that ripped through northern Santa Rosa Sunday night into Monday morning.

over 2800 homes destroyed so far in Santa Rosa and many more in other cities and counties nearby

Sonoma and Napa counties are home to hundreds of wineries and are a tourist destination for people all over the world. Some wineries have been destroyed and many more damaged. It’s harvest season and some types of grapes have not been harvested yet. Those that have been picked are now in large fermentation vats to start the process of becoming wine. But these vats are carefully heat controlled and electricity is off in large areas of the two counties. Very bad news for the industry.

And it hasn’t stopped yet either. The fires are burning up to the north now from Santa Rosa to Calistoga, Geyserville, etc. The city of Napa is threatened by fires to it’s east and west. Overnight 5 smaller fires joined together to form a larger one, but the firefighters say that’s good since there aren’t as many perimeters to deal with. So it’s not over. They’re hoping to have the fires contained and “out” by Nov. 1st.

Firefighters from other states have arrived and from Australia even! So containment of the fires has begun and will hopefully continue a little more each day.

My hope is that all our friends and neighbors in these two counties (and others counties where fires have expanded) are safe and unharmed.

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5 responses to “Update on Northern California Fires

  1. The news from the fire areas is sobering. I’m distraught at the destruction, the needless deaths, but I’m also impressed by the front line men and women who toil ceaselessly to battle the fires, and help the displaced and now homeless. Jan, hope you and yours continue to be safe.

  2. So glad to hear you are out of danger. These fires are the worst I’ve ever seen. The news photos are just mind boggling. I’m glad NV was able to send some of our fire fighters to help. Hugs to you all.

  3. I’m glad to hear you continue to be safe, but I’m still sag about all the devastation and destruction this fires are bringen!

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