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After the California wine country fires, what happens to the crops?

November 14, 2017

Saved by timing, nearly 80 percent of the renowned wine region's grapes had been harvested when the multiple fires started in early October. And for the most part, the blazes did not linger at the vineyards, which are kept free of grasses and other fire-devouring fuels. But there was collateral damage: bright red slathers of fire retardant dropped from the state's fleet of supertankers. In one week, more than 2 million gallons of retardant were dropped in California-a record, according to Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency.