Growing & Winemaking


How to Prepare  for the Next Disaster

January 2018
by Andy Starr

There is little to add to the reporting about the firestorm that struck Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma wine country Oct. 8, 2017. It was unlike any other disaster to hit California. Within a few hours, 21 separate fires started, whipped by 50- to 70-mile-per-hour winds that increased in velocity as the conflagration quickly grew. From CalFire we learned that the Tubbs Fire burned more than 5,300 structures, making it California’s most destructive wildfire ever. The 1991 Oakland Hills fire is a distant second at 2,900 structures lost. Three additional fires started that night are among the 20 most destructive blazes in California history: the Nuns Fire (No. 6), Atlas Fire (No. 10) and Redwood Valley Complex (No. 16).


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