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Some of the best early reports came via social media. We will have updates as verifiable information is available.

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As of Tuesday morning, Napa County's fires, which includes the Atlas Peak incident near the city of Napa, burned 31,000 acres, destroyed 125 structures and threatening another 5,000, as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire. More than 450 firefighters are assigned to the fires, which also include the Partrick, Adobe, Nuns, Norrbom, and Partrick incidents in Napa and Sonoma counties.

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Hundreds of properties burned as flames exceed 80,000 acres

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Also, the Redwood Valley fire in Mendocino County reportedly claimed Frey Vineyards; the small, family-owned Golden Vineyards and Oster Wine Cellars, owned by Kenny and Teresa Oster

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But the wineries are not clear from danger yet, particularly Chimney Rock, which is closer to the Atlas Ridge Fire and currently has no electricity, Terlato said. Because of road closures, the winery also has no generator for sprinkler systems.

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As of now, we do not have any verifiable information regarding vineyard acreage or winery buildings burned. We do know that most Napa Valley wineries were closed today due to power outages, evacuation orders and their employees being unable to get to work. We are referring people to CalFire and Napa County for information specific to the status of the fires, evacuations, power outages and road closures. We are assessing information on how the fires might affect the 2017 harvest and the wine industry specifically, but it will be some time before we have any specific information along these lines. It should be noted that the majority of Napa Valley's grapes were picked before the fires started last night.

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The firestorm that raged from Napa County into Sonoma County early Monday burned well-known businesses, schools and local landmarks, including the luxury 124-room Fountaingrove Inn and the nearby historic Fountaingrove Round Barn.

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Gusting winds spread multiple blazes in a matter of hours, triggering mass evacuations and destroying Frey Vineyards, Signorello Estate and Paradise Ridge wineries, as well as businesses and homes

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As the North Bay fires burn through Napa and Sonoma counties, winery owners are trying to determine the extent of the damage to vineyards and their structures, many of which have burned and more which have been evacuated. "The winery could be completely gone," said winemaker Joe Nielsen of Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa. The damage looks to be especially dire in some of Napa's eastern hillsides such as Soda Canyon Road, Atlas Peak and Pritchard Hill

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Latest developments in the North Bay fires:

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Signorelli, Darioush and Stag's Leap have been confirmed as major casualties of the deadly wild fires in northern California.

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After battling massive, fast-moving wildfires that have killed at least 11 people and torched more than 100,000 acres across Northern California, most of them in wine country, firefighters are hoping for some reprieve Tuesday morning as strong winds that fanned flames the day before continue to weaken.

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Ten reported deaths from fires in Wine Country

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Gusting winds spread multiple blazes in a matter of hours, triggering mass evacuations and destroying Signorello Estate and Paradise Ridge wineries, as well as businesses and homes

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About 15 large fires and other smaller blazes are tearing through tens of thousands of acres around Napa Valley, including in Sonoma County, in the recent spate of wildfires that have killed at least 10 people in northern California. It's still too early to say just how many vineyards have been affected, as the more than 475 wineries in the region remain on high alert. A handful of vintners and local reporters have reported significant damage, some recounting harrowing stories of being pelted by smoke and embers as flames raced across the land.

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Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe's grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent.

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More than 100 people were treated Monday for injuries caused by the wildfires that tore through Napa and Sonoma counties and forced the evacuation of two Santa Rosa hospitals.

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Areas where evacuations have been ordered Monday because of wildfires:

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Massive wildfires engulfed huge swaths of Northern California's wine country on Monday, destroying at least 1,500 homes, businesses, and other structures, and sending residents fleeing for their lives. The largest fires had not been contained as of Tuesday morning.

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High winds that arrived Sunday night swept across the North Bay, downing power lines that ignited fire in dry vegetation. By the early morning hours, a number of fires - two major ones in Sonoma County - swept through the Wine Country, forcing residents out of their homes, shutting down rural roads and major highways, and calling out fire responders from multiple counties to deal with the rolling disaster.

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For the most recent news, please visit the City's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CityOfSonoma/).

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The Tubbs fire is the most devastating of all, burning in an urban area as it swept over the hill from Calistoga into northern Santa Rosa and then spread in multiple directions, obliterating hillsides and flatland neighborhoods from Coffey Park in the west to Skyfarm in the east

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Wildfire viewer courtesy Enplan

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Fire Monday night into early Tuesday flared-up in some Santa Rosa areas already burned and caused new threats - including in Oakmont, where a force of firefighters and engines were holding back flames from reaching homes.

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The website Maven's Notebook has been a major source of California water information for years. Now Maven's creator, Chris Austin, wants to take it one step further with a new digital library.

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The 38-member board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - the largest supplier of treated water in the United States delivering water to agencies serving 19 million people - is scheduled to vote on the $17 billion California WaterFix.

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Luxury goods company LVMH saw organic revenues grow 12% in the first nine months of 2017, with its wine and spirits division holding firm, despite being the only part of its business to not achieve double digit growth in this period.

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The NPR Wine Club lets you discover new wines while supporting public radio

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Champagne Henri Giraud is set to launch a new label for its classic NV line that claims there is zero pesticide residue contained in the bottles - the first to do so in Champagne.

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High winds that arrived Sunday night swept across the North Bay, downing power lines that ignited fire in dry vegetation. By the early morning hours, a number of fires - two major ones in Sonoma County - swept through the Wine Country, forcing residents out of their homes, shutting down rural roads and major highways, and calling out fire responders from multiple counties to deal with the rolling disaster.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Canyon 2, Partick, and Sulphur fires burning in five California counties.

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As vintages go, 2017 does not look like it will be a very good year in California's famed Napa Valley?