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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):


WINERY DAMAGE/SAFETY ASSESSMENT: Status on 110 wineries (and wine businesses): Good, bad or gone – UPDATED 11:33 a.m., Oct. 19

By Lewis Perdue, Wine Industry Insight Executive Editor/Publisher


Property damage has reached $1 billion and will increase according to the California Insurance Commissioner.

Total burned acreage remains the same  as yesterday according to Cal Fire data which shows that containments have mostly stalled in the largest fires.

Howevewr, light-rain  over the Sonoma County fire area yesterdat offers hope for containment by Tuesday.

Satellite data (maps below) indicate that there were no hot spots at all detected in the four wine country counties.

Satellites only view the area every 12 hours, so current conditions on the ground will inevitably vary. This will be updated after the satellite pass later this morning.

Most evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted.

Please note: Unless there are unexpected developments by Monday (10/23), Wine Industry Insight will not be updating this original reportage now that the crisis has passed and other media coverage is now adequate. We will return to our normal coverage relating to business, finance, marketing, and its other usual topics. We will continue our special fire links section at the bottom of each daily News Fetch.


TODAY’S STATUS UPDATE (7:45 a.m. PDT 10/2o/17)

  • Death toll*: 38 (Sheriffs statements – Sonoma County: 23, Mendocino County: 8, Napa County: 7)
  • Containment (CalFire): Tubbs at 93% — up 1% from 10/18-19  (82%-10/17), Atlas at 87% up 1% from 10/19 (84% on 10/19, 77%-10/17), Nuns at 85% no change (85% on 10/19, 83% on 10/18 (68%-10/17)
  • Acres Burned (CalFire): 199,421 – no change from 10/19 (194,016 on 10/18 – 193,516 on 10/17) – Scroll down for containment and detailed fire-by-fire info, below maps.
  • Wineries damaged or destroyed (click here for updates)
  • People Evacuated: 90,000+ most returning. (Sheriffs)
  • People without power: 3,600,was 20,000 but PG&E said on 10/19 “We are working to restore about 1,100 customers today; we expect to have service restored to an additional 800 customers by Sunday; and about 1,700 of these customers are in areas where access is restricted due to challenging terrain or pending CAL FIRE approval to enter the area”
  • Structures damaged: ~7,000 See this interactive map for parcel-by-parcel detail in Sonoma County.
  • Weather (NWS):Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light west northwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

* According to Cal Fire, the current fires have caused the largest death toll of any wildfire since accurate records were kept: California wildfires.


In addition, the death toll has exceeded the Griffith Park Fire which is considered the state’s largest single deadly fire with an official toll of 29.


Additional deaths in current fires in Yuba and Butte Counties have pushed the overall Northern California wildfire death toll to at least 40.

INCIDENT NOTICES: Go to Nixle and get local push alerts: text your zip code to 888777

Also see the latest Cal Fire Incident Update for more information.


Please note: Unless there are unexpected developments by Monday (10/23), Wine Industry Insight will return this Daily Data feature to other charts and images relating to business, finance, marketing and its other usual topics.


No news = great news! Latest satellite data map shows no hot spots in wine country fires Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 4.52.25 AM

Source: National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Click here for the interactive version.

Updated version at 7:32 a.m. PDT shows no change.


DETAILED FIRE INFO FROM CAL FIRE (Updated 7:45 a.m. PDT 10/2o/17)

Tubbs Fire (Central LNU Complex) Updated: October 20, 2017 7:15 am
County: Napa County
Location: off of Hwy 128 and Bennett Ln, Calistoga
Acres Burned – 36,432 acres – 93% contained


Pocket Fire (Central LNU Complex ) Updated: October 20, 2017 7:25 am
County: Sonoma County
Location: off of Pocket Ranch Rd and Ridge Ranch Rd, Geyserville
Acres Burned – 16,552 acres – 82% contained


Atlas Fire (Southern LNU Complex) Updated: October 20, 2017 6:31 am
County: Napa County,Solano County
Location: off of Altas Peak Rd, south of Lake Berryessa
Acres Burned – 51,624 acres – 87% contained


Nuns / Adobe / Norbbom/ Pressley / Partrick Fires/Oakmont (Central LNU Complex) Updated: October 20, 2017 7:16 am
County: Sonoma County
Location: Hwy 12, north of Glen Ellen
Acres Burned – Containment – 54,382 acres – 85% contained


Redwood Valley Fire Complex (Mendocino Lake Complex) Updated: October 19, 2017 7:41 pm
County: Mendocino County
Location: North of Hwy 20, west of Mendocino National Forest, south of Black Bart
Acres Burned: 36,523 acres – 90% contained


Sulphur Fire (Mendocino Lake Complex) Updated: October 19, 2017 7:43 pm
County: Lake County
Location: off Hwy 20 and Sulphur Bank Road, Clearlake Oaks
Acres Burned: 2,207 acres – 96% contained


37 Fire: Updated: October 12, 2017 9:02 am
County: Sonoma County
Location: Hwy 37 & Lakeville Highway
Acres Burned – Containment: 1,660 acres – fire out.


Information Links


Napa County Sheriff’s Office:


Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office


City of Sonoma — A mostly poorly done effort with incomplete data and lacking both timeliness and specific information.



Lake County CA Sheriff’s Department


Fairfield, CA Police

Solano Sheriff

Twitter accounts & #hashtags


Santa Rosa

@ MendoSheriff

@ CityofNapa


@ NWSBayArea

From Sonoma County

News Links

  • ABC7
  • NBC
  • (Good coverage ruined by CPU overload and too many crappy auto-run flash and animations running.)