Northern California wine country is threatened as a series of massive wildfires continue to rage in the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and elsewhere.
More than a dozen fires ignited on Sunday and grew as strong, dry winds spread the flames over fields and freeways. The eight-county blaze destroyed at least 2,000 homes, businesses, and other structures, and sent residents fleeing for their lives. Thirteen people are dead.
A majority of the area’s thousands of wineries have been spared. But winemakers won’t know the extent of the damage until evacuation orders are lifted and they can return to their estates.
Here’s what we know about the state of damaged wineries.
A series of wildfires ravaging pieces of Northern California’s wine country is being called one of the worst firestorms in state history. The largest blazes hit Napa and Sonoma.
The region is an economic powerhouse and a favorite destination for wine-lovers. It’s home to hundreds of elite wineries and vineyards, trendy restaurants, and five-star hotels.
Two of the largest fires — Tubbs and Atlas fires — are believed to have begun near Highway 128 in Napa. Strong, dry winds fanned the flames from ridge top to ridge top on Monday.