Update from Napa

posted Oct 11, 2017, 4:39 PM by Paul Wagner
Many of you know that we live in Napa.  And if you've been following the news, you know that Napa has been suffering through terrible fires this week.  Here's what we know. 

We're in downtown Napa, so far so good.  The fires are mainly in the hills above the valley floor, between Napa and Sonoma, between Calistoga and Santa Rosa, and between Napa and Fairfield.  But none of the fires are close to being under control, and there seems to be no timeline for when that might happen.  They are just too massive.

They've just announced mandatory evacuations of the town of Calistoga to the north...and lots of people in the outskirts of Napa itself are either evacuated or, frankly, burned out by now.  We expect to have some houseguests tonight, who live up in the hills and haven't been home since Monday. 

But so far we're OK.  What happens next all depends on the wind--which direction, and how strong.  There are major fires both East and West of us....but to the North we have vineyards, which don't burn very well.  And to South it's clear, so far.  But who knows what tonight and tomorrow will bring...I've seen weather reports of winds from 5 mph, which would be great, up to 35, which would be utterly disastrous. In winds like that, embers can carry more than 1/4 of a mile, and jump any barrier the firefighters might set up.  

And the winds are projected to be from the North...so that's the best direction for us, really.  We can only hope, and suffer with those who are less fortunate than we have been so far. 

Thanks to everyone who has sent us their wishes and prayers.