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US California's Historic 41-Year-Old Napa Valley Winery 'Consumed' by Glass Fire

16:11  28 september  2020
16:11  28 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Five thousand people in California ' s Napa Valley wine growing area have been ordered to evacuate their homes or told to prepare to, amid rapidly-spreading wildfires which have Fire officials look on as the Glass Fire burns closed to Viader Vineyards and Winery in Deer Park, Napa County, on Sunday.

The Glass Fire in California has burned the Chateau Boswell Winery in St. Helena, which dates back to 1979 and is among a handful of privately owned family wineries in the Napa Valley.

a tower with smoke and fire: The steeple at Chateau Boswell Winery burns as the Glass Fire moves through the area on September 27 in St. Helena, California. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The steeple at Chateau Boswell Winery burns as the Glass Fire moves through the area on September 27 in St. Helena, California.

"The #GlassFire has consumed the Chateau Boswell Winery and other structures along Silverado Trail in St Helena . The fire is currently zero percent contained," noted a San Francisco-based photographer for Getty Images, Justin Sullivan, in a post Monday sharing images of the scene on his official Twitter account.

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The oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley , the entire property was designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Seeing Napa Valley ' s fertile potential, Tubbs planted about half the acreage with vines and began building an 18,000-square-foot stone winery that

The Black Rock Inn near the winery was also reported to be engulfed in flames from the Glass Fire, the Bay Area's SFGate reported.

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Napa Valley wine accounts for only 4 percent of all wine made in California , the group said, so there will be virtually no effect on the amount of wine the Winemakers are inspecting grapes that were picked after the fires started and lab testing wines made from them to ensure they did not sustain any

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE ) responds to all types of emergencies. Since the beginning of the year , wildfires have burned over 3.1 million acres in California .

"Multiple structures" were reported to be burning from the "out of control fire," Sullivan described in a post Monday sharing a video of the burning inn, which was incorrectly identified in the tweet as the Glass Mountain Inn, SFGate reported.

Several other wineries and structures in the area were threatened by the Glass Fire, including the Davis Estates' 155-acre property in Calistoga, which overlooks the Silverado Trail. The Glass Fire was reported to have burned in the mountains just behind the property, the Wine Spectator reported.

The property owner, Mike Davis, told the Wine Spectator: "Fire burned up to the edges on three mountain blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon," noting fire crew were clearing up hot spots with bulldozers and shovels. "I'm very grateful to all first responders who threw everything at it."

The Howell Mountain area among Napa's 16 wine-growing districts, may have faced the greatest threat, according to a spokesperson for Hall Family Wines, which kept its three tasting rooms in the county open during the day, Reuters reported.

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The Glass Fire came as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it was temporarily shutting off power to transmission lines in portions of 16 counties across northern and central California as a precaution against heightened wildfire risks posed by hot, windy, dry conditions.

California State Parks decided to move the items from the Barracks and Mission San Francisco Solano as a precautionary measure as fires burned beyond In a day of ruinous fires , one of the most intense scenes was in southern Napa County — where houses and wineries were damaged or destroyed as

Around 10 tons of grapes were reported to still be hanging on the vines of the Mending Wall winery in St. Helena. "We will definitely be putting it on the ground," the property's owner and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown told the Wine Spectator.

Ehren Jordan, the owner of Failla Wines in St. Helena, confirmed: "Fire was on the property, about 500 feet from the crush pad," when he evacuated the property around 11 a.m. local time Sunday. Staff at the Merus winery in St. Helena were also evacuated Sunday morning, while the property's structures remain under threat, the Wine Spectator reported.

There are around 64 wineries, as well as rural estates and remote communities, in the areas currently under evacuation orders and warnings, according to the Napa County Office of Emergency Services.

Residents in about 600 homes in the Napa Valley were ordered to evacuate on Sunday, while around 1,400 other residents were warned to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Both notices were said to have affected at least 5,000 people, according to a spokesperson for Cal Fire, Reuters reported.

Chateau Boswell Winery in Napa Valley destroyed by Glass Fire

  Chateau Boswell Winery in Napa Valley destroyed by Glass Fire The famed 41-year-old Chateau Boswell Winery in Napa Valley, California, was destroyed during the Glass Fire on Sunday evening, according to CNN affiliate KPIX. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The Chateau Boswell Winery, in St. Helena, California, was destroyed by the Glass Fire, which continues to move through Napa County. The private family-owned winery, established in 1979, is located along the popular Silverado Trail, an area that came under mandatory evacuation orders on Sunday as the Glass fire grew from a relatively small 20-acre vegetation fire to burn 11,000 acres.

Photos: Wildfires blaze in California . Fire consumes a barn in Glen Ellen on October 9. • Most of the Northern California fires ignited Sunday night, driven by winds of more than 50 mph and dry conditions, Pimlott said Monday. Napa and Sonoma counties have the most wineries in California .

When visiting Napa Valley you have roughly 400 options for wine tasting, but only at Pope Valley Winery will you get a truly authentic wine country experience. Play a game of bocce—or fetch with friendly Gus—and walk through our 100- year - old , hand dug cave.

While the Napa Valley region's 475 wineries are reported to make up only four percent of California's total annual grape harvest, they account for half of the retail value of all California wines sold, according to the Napa Valley Vintners trade group.

The Glass Fire was reported to be burning with "a dangerous rate of spread," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Sunday.

Evacuation orders have been issued for multiple parts of Napa County in the areas west of Highway 29 from Deer Park Road to Elmhurst and all of Spring Mountain Road.

Evacuation warnings are in place for the east side of Silverado Trail from Howell Mountain Road South to Taplin Road and all roads in between, Howell Mountain Road from the Silverado Trail to Old Howell Mountain Road and all roads in between, as well as Conn Valley Road from Howell Mountain Road to the dead end and all roads in between, Cal Fire confirmed.

Firefighters are battling at least 25 major wildfires, as of Sunday. More than 8,100 wildfires have burned well over 3.7 million acres of California this year.

At least 26 people have died and over 7,000 structures have been destroyed since August 15, when the state reported elevated fire activity, according to Cal Fire's latest report Sunday.

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Glass fire grows nearly fourfold in a day, burning 80 homes in Napa, Sonoma counties .
The rapid spread of the 42,000-acre Glass fire has raised concerns about the fate of the wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties.The blaze had burned 46,600 acres as of Tuesday evening — nearly quadrupling in size since Monday morning — with just 2% containment.

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