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Sullivan Vineyards must be sold, cannot be reorganized says Bankruptcy Trustee. Family pushes back.

Sullivan Vineyards cannot be managed out of bankruptcy and should be sold in an orderly manner according to the court-appointed trustee Timothy Hoffman who says he has retained  “Napa Valley’s best” wine broker. The Sullivan family has disagreed with that conclusion and has filed a fourth Chapter 11 plan and disclosure statement.   The remainder […]

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Bright red aerial fire retardant may be a lot more toxic than manufacturer says. Scientific Study Casts Serious Doubt on Validity of Toxicity Documents

Wine Industry Insight’s October 24 article — Phos-Chek: Deadly to salmon, cautions for wine grapes, sketchy data on human effects, confusion among public officials — raised scientific questions about the actual toxicity of the fire retardant that played such a key role in controlling the historically damaging wine country wildfires this month.   In that […]

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Phos-Chek: Deadly to salmon, cautions for wine grapes, sketchy data on human effects, confusion among public officials

However, the sketchy and fragmented data available about the uncertain safety of fire retardant on wine grapes indicates that — even if safe — those should not be harvested or made into wine because of regulatory issues over unauthorized substances that might be detected in the finished products.   ALSO NOTE: No information could be […]

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Wine Country Fire damage at $1 Billion & will rise. Light rain and cool temps offer hopes for containment by Tuesday. Satellites see no hot spots. — Updated at 7:53 a.m. PDT 10/20/17

Satellite data map from Cal Fire updated withmost recent 12-hour satellite pass.   See previous coverage here (May be useful for historical Cal Fire data):   N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; Red Flag Warning Tonight + Today’s current fire maps and status updates […]

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Wine Country burned acreage up as Stubborn Pocket Fire flares. Containment creeps ahead. Death toll up by 1 – Crisis mode segues to long slog toward control as evacuees return home- Updated 8:13 a.m., 10/19/17

This article and headline updated at 8:13 a.m., 10/19/17 to reflect new data from Cal Fire and from the most recent 12-hour satellite pass.   See previous coverage here (May be useful for historical Cal Fire data):   N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; […]

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Cal Fire fights wildfires to a standstill, increases containments on wine country wildfires. Most evacuation orders lifted – Latest maps & status data updated 8:16 a.m., Oct 18

See previous coverage here: N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; Red Flag Warning Tonight + Today’s current fire maps and status updates – Updated 6:26 am PDT 10/13/17 Fire pushes into City of Sonoma’s NE corner driven by Red Flag winds. Containment advances on […]

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Nuns Surpasses Atlas as largest active fire. Firefight focused on protecting Kenwood, Oakmont & Rutherford/Oakville area (Updated 8:27 a.m., Oct 17).

See previous coverage here: N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; Red Flag Warning Tonight + Today’s current fire maps and status updates – Updated 6:26 am PDT 10/13/17 Fire pushes into City of Sonoma’s NE corner driven by Red Flag winds. Containment advances on […]

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Truck driver hauling water to firefighters killed – Newest fires strike Sugarloaf area, Rutherford as Nuns Complex spreads over the Mayacamas. Sonoma City battle eases – Updated 8:19 a.m. PDT 10/16/17

BREAKING NEWS – 8:32 a.m. – CAL FIRE PIO said that a truck driver hauling water to firefighters was killed in Napa County when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed off the side of the Oakville Grade abut 2 miles west of Highway 29. No further details are available at this time.   […]

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Favorable winds make for progress in wine country fires fights but Nuns Complex flares in Kenwood & City of Sonoma. Death toll hits state record. Updated 9:11 a.m. PDT 10/15/17

This is a continuation of  several lengthy articles we have been updating since Sunday, Oct. 8, and which are now archived. Those articles can be found here: N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; Red Flag Warning Tonight + Today’s current fire maps and status […]

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Fire pushes into City of Sonoma’s NE corner driven by Red Flag winds. Containment advances on other fires. Death toll rises — Updated 5:36 pm PDT 10/14/17

This is a continuation of two, now-lengthy articles we have been updating since Sunday and which are now archived. Those articles can be found here: N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; Red Flag Warning Tonight + Today’s current fire maps and status updates – […]

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