Fires in Napa and Sonoma Destroying Homes, Hotels, and Wineries as Thousands Flee

By Paul Riegler on 9 October 2017
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A vineyard in Sonoma earlier in the year.

A vineyard in Sonoma earlier in the year.

Fast-moving wildfires in Northern California fanned by gusty winds are ravaging the region’s wine country, leaving significant damage in their wake.

So far one person has been killed by the fires, which have destroyed at least 1,500 private homes and caused the evacuation of over 20,000 people. The area is also experiencing power and cellphone outages.

Multiple wineries have been burnt to the ground including the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, the Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma, and Frey Vineyards in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley.

The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa is one of the properties affected, as was the nearby Fountaingrove Inn

“In the late hours of October 8, 2017, The Fountaingrove fell victim to the devastating fire in Sonoma County, and guests were subsequently evacuated” the hotel said in a message on its website. “At this time we are unable to conduct business in any capacity.”

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