Raging Fires in Northern California Wine Country Ravage Wineries, Hotels

Wildfires  in Northern California Wine Country had residents  continuing to flee for safety Tuesday as homes, businesses, vineyards and farmland burned. As of late Tuesday morning, 13 deaths from the fires were reported, and 150 people were missing.

  • More than 1,500 structures have been destroyed in 14 fires, covering more than 73,000 acres in nine counties.
  • There is no or extremely limited containment on any of the fires as of Tuesday morning.
  • California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for three Northern California counties (Napa, Sonoma and Yuba) due to the continuing spread of multiple fires.
  • Cellphone Service is down in some areas of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt counties. AT&T and Verizon confirmed that their customers may be currently experiencing outages.
  • Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel,  and the luxury Fountaingrove Inn are among many businesses that have been destroyed in Santa Rosa. In Sonoma’s Kenwood, Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood reported its main building, a Spanish Colonial-style villa built in 1920, was extensively damaged. Signorello Estates winery in Napa has also been ravaged by flames.
  • Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, also in Santa Rosa, reported that its main building had suffered “minimal damage, but that classrooms and the center’s east end are destroyed.” The center presents 230 performances a year and includes the 1,633-seat Ruth Finley Person Theater.
  • At Jack London Historic State Park in Glen Ellen, a small Sonoma community with many homes burned, park rangers were removing priceless artifacts from the collection of memorabilia and historical records of writer Jack London, whose former home and farm is the centerpiece of the park.