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Massive Napa + Sonoma County Fires (update Oct 18 ) - Check before you travel

Massive Napa + Sonoma County Fires (update Oct 18 ) - Check before you travel

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As you probably seen on the news wherever you are, there are massive wildfires affecting Napa, Sonoma, Solano and Mendocino counties in California. If you plan to travel to these areas over the next few weeks, please check with your airline, your hotel/air B&B lodging etc. to ensure that these areas are safe to enter and that they will be honoring your reservation. Many airlines are offering waivers if you rebook within a timeframe or flat out refunds.

Update Oct 18

Several fires are at or near containment. However the air-quality is still very poor so again, recheck your travel plans and ensure that your lodging is open and available.
As some have suggested, the far north bay (Healdsburg, Geyserville) is relatively unscathed but again, areas that are near to the fires have many closed highways and secondary roads. So triple check before you decide to travel to one of these other areas.

Once the fires are out these areas will need your support and help so do consider re-booking your vacation for a future date if you can.
Updates here:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/
http://calfire.ca.gov/communications...ideFireSummary


Donate here:
https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief

Update October 23:

Happy to report that Air Quality in the greater San Francisco Bay Area has returned to normal (very clear now).
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Old Oct 9, 17, 10:36 am
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Massive Napa + Sonoma County Fires (update Oct 18 ) - Check before you travel

Several major wildfires have broken out overnight. Many routes have closed (i.e., 101 through Santa Rosa, 37 between 101 and 80, 12, and others). Major evacuations. The central Bay Area is in a blanket of smoke, including falling ash in SF. STS morning flights are not operating.
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This is turning into a major disaster now. It appears that there are in excess of 14 wildfires burning, all uncontained. High winds overnight and into the morning have fuelled the fires and hindered any fire department work. Fortunately the winds are forecast to die down soon.
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Old Oct 9, 17, 5:56 pm
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An estimated 1,500 structures burned thus far.
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My heart goes out to our friends in the North Bay. I hope you, your families and friends are safe.

Any visitors who need advice about alternative travel plans should post here. We locals will do our best to help.
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CBS Facebook page has a video of the supertanker 747 making a fire retardant air drop.

http://www.facebook.com/CBSSanFranci...55177759189436

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I would defer travel for at least a week unless you are planning to bring donations. It's going to be a mess for a while. Power and gas is out to many customers and many parts of Silverado Trail are closed. A few wineries off Silverado have completely burnt to the ground. Santa Rosa - a popular lodging location near Sonoma - is also in bad shape. Roads are closed near Glen Ellen and Kenwood, which also suffered extensive damage.

If this is your only chance to visit California wineries you might consider heading an hour east of SF toward Livermore Valley or perhaps further south towards Paso Robles.
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Good advice.

Here is one report:
https://patch.com/california/napaval...ning-north-bay
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Unfortunately the fires in the center of Sonoma Valley are still largely to completely uncontained.
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Ugh, SFO was a mess today. Skies were super hazy on approach; stepped off the plane and it smelled of barbecue all the way up the jetbridge.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 3:00 pm
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So sad, and getting bleaker by the moment.
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Air Quality is very poor in the entire bay area today - have not seen air this thick since I visited Beijing.

As of Oct 11, sfgate was reporting fire damage to the following wineries:

Napa
  1. Signorello (4500 Silverado Trail, Napa): Significant damage, as the winery appears to be largely destroyed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Stags’ Leap Winery (6150 Silverado Trail, Napa): Photos showed fire damage, but the extent of damage is unknown.

Sonoma
  • 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.”
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All of Calistoga has now been evacuated.
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Post 1 in 4 flights delayed, 80 cancelled at SFO due to smoke

Smoke drifting south from the fires blazing in Wine Country prompted a ground delay program at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday. Eighty flights were canceled, according to airport spokesman Doug Yakel.

"About one in four of our flights are experiencing delays right now because of the reduced visibility, and those delays are averaging 60 to 75 minutes," said Yakel.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...y-12271247.php
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
All of Calistoga has now been evacuated.
They're being evacuated to American Canyon High School, some distance away.
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