World California: Famous Napa Valley vineyards in flames

01:30  29 september  2020
01:30  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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WILDFIRES have destroyed a famous Napa Valley winery as 2,000 residents were urged to leave Meanwhile, the Black Rock Inn was also pictured completely engulfed by flames just one mile away It is threatening the famous wine-growing region which has been the site of vineyards since the 1860s.

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Un logement est consumé par les flammes du Shady Fire aux abords de la ville de Santa Rosa (Californie), le 28 septembre 2020 © Samuel Corum A home is consumed by the flames of the Shady Fire on the outskirts of the city of Santa Rosa (California), September 28, 2020

Fanned by Strong winds, fires devastated Monday's famous Napa Valley vineyards in northwestern California, in the grip of a new heat wave and where thousands of people had to evacuate their homes in the middle of the night.

Incandescent sky, charred trees and vines, houses ravaged by flames: the blaze named "Glass Fire", which started on Sunday, devoured, according to firefighters, nearly 4,500 hectares in Napa County, one of the areas most prestigious wine production facilities in the United States.

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Les collines de la région viticole de la Napa Valley en proie au Glass Fire, dans la ville de St. Helena, le 27 septembre 2020 © JOSH EDELSON The hills of Glass Fire-stricken Napa Valley wine country, town of St. Helena, September 27, 2020

Some wineries have gone up in smoke, such as Chateau Boswell in the town of St. Helena or the vineyards of Tuck Beckstoffer. “We saved the cellar last night, but everything else is lost,” he told wine magazine Wine Spectator.

Some 34,000 people were affected by the evacuation measures Monday, including 4,500 residents of a residential area for the elderly in wine-growing Sonoma County, neighboring Napa County and threatened by another fire, dubbed "Shady Fire".

Un avion bombardier d'eau largue du retardant pour tenter de contenir l'incendie baptisé Glass fire, qui s'est déclaré dans la vallée viticole du comté de Napa (Californie), le 27 septembre © JOSH EDELSON A water bomber plane drops retardant in an attempt to contain the fire known as Glass fire, which broke out in the wine valley of Napa County (California) on September 27

Local media reported broadcast images of people who are often very old and having difficulty getting around in the middle of the night boarding municipal buses in order to be transported to safety.

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St. Helena resident Susan Fielder brought tears to her eyes as she drove to a Napa shelter, leaving her home behind with only a small bag and a picture of her grandparents.

"This morning, I said to myself: + what are you going to do if you lose everything?", She confides to AFP. She was able to find her house, intact but covered with a layer of ash, at midday.

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Many inhabitants of the area, traumatized by the fires that have already ravaged the region in recent years, have also left in disaster in the dark.

"You could see the flames rising in the sky all night," said CeeBee Thompson, a resident of Calistoga, who did not sleep. Several parts of the city have been evacuated and Ms. Thompson is just waiting for the signal to leave. "The two cars are ready, the only thing left to load are the cats," she told AFP.

Une maison de Santa Rosa (Californie) plongée dans la fumée et les lueurs de l'incendie Shady Fire, le 28 septembre 2020 © Samuel Corum A house in Santa Rosa (California) plunged into the smoke and glow of the Shady Fire, September 28, 2020

The counties of Napa and Sonoma had already been hit by devastating fires in 2017, making a total of 44 dead and destroying several thousand buildings.

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The weather services had hoisted the "red flag" for the fire risks over this part of California due to a heat wave and dry winds creating the ideal conditions for the outbreak of fires.

"These winds will begin to weaken in the afternoon and stabilize, which should help us in our efforts," said Governor Gavin Newsom, calling on the population to be cautious and to strictly follow the instructions for relief.

More than 1,000 firefighters, aided by helicopters and water bombers, fought the Glass Fire, which was not contained Monday morning.

In northeast California, Butte County, already heavily affected by multiple fires since mid-August, was forced to carry out new evacuations on Sunday evening near the small town of Paradise. The region was ravaged by one of the deadliest fires in state history, Camp Fire, which killed 86 people in November 2018.

More than 8,100 fires have occurred since the start of the season , covering 1.5 million hectares in total, California firefighters said. Since August 15, the flames have killed 26 people and destroyed more than 7,000 buildings.

According to scientific consensus, the exceptional scale of these fires is linked to climate change, which exacerbates chronic drought and causes extreme weather conditions.

In Napa Valley, Susan Fielder has no intention of unpacking her emergency bag before November and the return of the rains. “I will stay until someone knocks on my door and tells me I have to go,” she said.

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California wildfires turn beloved Napa wine spots to ash .
The Silverado Trail has long been a place of dreams for Napa Valley wine lovers as it winds gently through vineyards and on to Calistoga. "It's all very sad," said a Napa County sheriff deputy watching over a vineyard on the Silverado Trail. "People who come here each have their own memories, usually about a winery they love because it became special to them."In nearby Calistoga, known for geothermal hot springs, mud baths, and wine tours, the cellar master at Castello di Amorosa braved the thick smoke and fire to assess the damage.

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