Northern California/Napa/Santa Rosa Fires

Sad to see so much loss of property, damage to businesses, and of course the loss of life in injuries. .

We visited Sonoma some years ago and stayed in Glenn Ellen which looks like it is in the thick of things. Met lots of lovely people and hope the fires are controlled as soon as possible and people can get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

We used to go every year - Napa and Sonoma. Love it there. I worked in the industry for a bit too and headquarters was in Santa Rosa. We stayed at the Hilton. I still know many people at the wineries - mostly in Sonoma County and hope everyone is safe.


Just curious, how much does manufactured housing in Santa Rosa run ?

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i really have no idea. i rent, in the City…

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Hope everybody is fine.

Chefs trying to help:


From the Chron this morning. This is the list so far. Sadly, with the winds picking back up many more people and structures are threatened. As of noon today (Wed) mandatory evacuations were ordered for Fairfield (east of Napa and SE of Vacaville), as well as the northern end of the town of Calistoga (north of St. Helena).

List of wineries damaged in the Wine Country fires
SF Chron, October 11, 2017 last update: 8:31 a.m.

While many winery owners have not yet discovered or determined the extent of the Wine Country fires in Napa and Sonoma counties, many are reporting damage, ranging from complete destruction to smaller impact. For more on the wine industry, see Esther Mobley’s story. This list will be updated as we continue to confirm damage throughout the region.

Signorello (4500 Silverado Trail, Napa): Significant damage, as the winery appears to be largely destroyed.

White Rock Vineyards (1115 Loma Vista Dr., Napa): One of Napa’s oldest wineries has suffered significant damage and is likely lost, according to staffers.

William Hill (1761 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa): According to a spokesperson at Gallo, which owns William Hill, the winery buildings are intact and sustained only minor cosmetic damages

Stags’ Leap Winery (6150 Silverado Trail, Napa): Photos showed fire damage, but the extent of damage is unknown.

Paradise Ridge (8860 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood): The winery has burned down.

Nicholson Ranch (4200 Napa Rd., Sonoma): Despite early reports of big damage, the winery has made a statement via Facebook that despite some wreckage, it’s still intact: “The winery was in the path of the fire but escaped being engulfed by the flames. We have some damage to fix…”

Chateau St. Jean (8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood): The winery’s statement: “At this stage, there is limited damage to our infrastructures and sites, however the fires are ongoing and we still have limited access to all of our different assets"

Mayo Family Wineries (13101 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen): According to Jeff Mayo, a house on the property has burned, but as of Monday afternoon, the winery has been spared so far.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery (2000 Denmark St., Sonoma): According to Facebook message posted on Tuesday morning, the winery suffered some damage, but is still standing strong.”

Frey Vineyards Winery (14000 Tomki Rd., Redwood Valley): Reports have Frey largely destroyed.

Oster Wine Cellars (13501 Tomki Rd., Redwood Valley): Reports have Oster largely destroyed.

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Melanie Wong is doing a terrific job keeping people updated on what’s happening in Sonoma Cnty in a more “feet on the beat” way than the general media stories.

Much help is needed. You can donate to the Red Cross, or to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Don’t forget that donating directly to food banks multiplies your donation by a factor of 5-6x, because they are allowed to buy supplies at wholesale:
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 523-7900


Thanks for posting this. We went to Gundlach a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Glad to see they’re doing ok but so sad about those who didn’t fare as well.

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Thank you for the update.

It’s turned out to be the deadliest Blaze in California history.:cry::cry::sob:

Absolutely heartbreaking.

So many dreams have died in the flames. So many homes, people. And you can probably tell from my handle, this is a region I have visited many times and love. It is heartbreaking. Calistoga has now been evacuated.

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Just out of curiosity (and if it’s been posted I apologize) do they know the cause of the fires? Is there a “suspicious” element involved or are they pointing towards just the nature of living in high forest fire areas?

Here’s a timelapse video that shows the fires starting on Sunday night.

I’d say that this probably rules out arson, because so many started in such a short time. To me, it points to power lines going down and transformers exploding from the high winds.

Your comment about “so many started in such a short time” was the last official report I had heard, which led me to believe in arson as a potential cause. Given the gravity of the situation I didn’t want to come right out with my suspicion but you just confirmed it for me. Thanks for the info. Prayers to those affected.

If it was arson, this is the most coordinated act of terrorism since 9/11. That timelapse shows fires starting dozens of miles apart at nearly the same time.

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(I wasn’t able to watch it says I need to update my flash viewer)

f*cking Flash…


On my iPad and quoting is hard. Last I heard they do not have a cause yet.

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