The California wildfires are not slowing down. The Glass Fire, which started over the weekend in the heart of Napa Valley between Calistoga and St. Helena, has spread quickly and 11,000 acres have already been lost in Napa and Sonoma.
Several wineries, vineyards, and resort properties reported serious damage on Monday morning.
— Senator Bill Dodd (@SenBillDodd) September 28, 2020
On Sunday, the fire necessitated evacuations east of the Silverado Trail, including Calistoga Ranch, Château Boswell, the Meadowood Resort, and multiple vineyards and wineries. Thomas Rivers Brown, co-owner and winemaker at Mending Wall, told Wine Spectator, “It burned right up to the tasting room doors.”
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) September 28, 2020
Chateau Boswell winery aftermath. This is on the Silverado Trail. The #GlassFire moved fast overnight. You can see in this video some hose lines were pulled, but this just moved too quickly for this winery to be saved. pic.twitter.com/pawOtA3NKt
— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) September 28, 2020
The fire is believed to be worsened by strong winds, with gusts up to 70 mph on Mount St. Helena. The Glass Fire is burning just a few miles away from the LNU Lightning Complex fire, which ravaged Napa’s rural hills near Pope and Chiles valleys last month. Fire crews are working to contain the fire, though it remains strong and continues to be dangerous.