In what was a record-breaking scale, the state of California battled its largest ever wildfire in August, that became the size of Los Angeles. The fire destroyed thousands of acres of land and caused massive evacuations and closures in and around California’s National Parks. The entire country monitored the efforts of the brave officers of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE). For weeks, the fires continue to spread, endangering the properties and lives of the locals.
Wildfires are a fairly common phenomenon in several parts of the US and are essential for nourishing the soil, clearing out the decay and helping certain plants such as the lodgepole pine to reproduce. However, the expanded construction zones have brought people closer to the forest areas, often putting life and property in harm’s way due to the fast-spreading fires. Moreover, California’s perennially dry conditions and dead, dried or weakened trees, along with strong winds and high temperatures make it highly prone to wildfires.
So where is Napa in all of this?
In October 2017, the wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties had severely impacted several vineyards in the region. However, by January 2018, the valley had bounced back and most wineries were uncorked and ready to pour. The July-August 2018 wildfires have skirted the surrounding counties and managed to give Napa a miss. The affected areas are farther from Napa and include:
- Mendocino Complex River and Ranch Fires burning across Mendocino and Lake Counties
- Carr Fire that started near the city of Redding
- Ferguson Fire near the foothills west of Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest
- Whaleback Fire, east of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest
While CALFIRE did issue their mandatory and advisory evacuation orders in some areas of Napa Valley, most of the fires were successfully contained, and the lingering smoke eventually cleared. The good news is that wine country is almost back in business and visitors are welcome to explore the lush, rolling hills, breathtaking vineyards and global cuisine with spectacular wine pairings.
As a devout food and wine enthusiast, you will not only enjoy all the attractions that Napa has to offer, but you may also be able to help revive the region’s economy as it continues to recover from the wildfires. To show your support and solidarity:
- Visit the Napa wineries and tasting rooms, eat at the local restaurants and book tours and rides to explore the beautiful region and its many attractions.
- If you wish to make a direct contribution to the relief efforts that benefit the first responders and their families, children and local schools, donate to the United Way of the Wine Country fund or help local communities in rebuilding their homes through Rebuild Wine Country.
- If you wish to contribute to this region non-monetarily, you can look up the details of several local charities who are accepting food and clothing donations or voluntary aid to the victims of the wildfires.
When you plan your Napa visit, consider booking your accommodation at the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites in downtown Napa. Our convenient, central location makes us an excellent choice for your wine country explorations.
Make an online reservation or call us at 707-226-1871 to book a room. Ask about seasonal discounts or promotions while booking.