Despite favorable weather and a surge in firefighting resources that led officials Sunday to claim the weeklong battle against several Sonoma County wildfires was "turning a corner," the property toll from the fires more than doubled as a sobering new tally estimated they had destroyed some 6,700 structures and left more than $3 billion in losses
Duff Bevill's is not the only vineyard crew back in the fields: Brad Peterson, a vineyard manager at Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, finished harvest on Thursday "in some pretty thick smoke." Armando De Luna, who works at Robert Sinskey winery, posted a video on Instagram Friday showing the winery pressing grapes ...
One week after a storm of wildfires ignited in California's Wine Country, firefighters on Sunday were finally eyeing an end to the deadly siege as winds settled down and the unrelenting infernos weakened enough for some people in endangered areas to return home
This region is known for its picturesque places and sophisticated farm-to-table ethic by those who have made it one of the state's prime tourist destinations. The wine industry will suffer, and so will the empty tasting rooms along Washington and Lincoln streets ...
It was about 2 a.m. Saturday when strong north winds blew into Sonoma, kicked up something burning and launched it over fire lines, sparking a new arm of the Nuns fire, forcing nighttime evacuations of hundreds of people northeast of town and destroying at least three homes on Castle Road
The three firefighters who shot and edited the film published here - acting captain Kyl Fleming, apparatus operator Clifford Broome and firefighter Mike Shuken - happened to be working together at Station 6 that morning, although they usually work at different stations, Shuken told Berkeleyside.
And while the fire's first impact was to temporarily shut down business, the aftermath may include "some labor market shakeup" as employees quit jobs to leave the area or take new positions with more pay or better working conditions. The homes and apartments lost in an already tight housing market could make it harder for many residents to stay in the county.