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08/17/18

Since August 2, 2018, the active fire perimeter of the Mendocino Complex Fires shifted into remote forest wildlands around 15 to 30 miles north of Lake County vineyards. Additionally, as of Wednesday, August 8, 2018, thousands of residents were able to return to their homes as evacuation orders lifted for most Lake County towns. Lake County winegrape growers are glad to see people back in their homes and back to work, striving for normalcy on all accounts.

08/14/18

Shannon Ridge Family of Wines announces the appointment of Brian Altomari to the position of National Sales Manager, effective immediately. Reporting directly to Clay and Angie Shannon, he will be responsible for sales and distribution throughout the US.

08/14/18

A Los Angeles Times analysis found that more than 50% of Lake County's land has been burned since 2012. And it has sparked debate for some residents about whether living in this rural enclave about 120 miles north of San Francisco is worth it.

08/13/18

Rebel Coast Winery of Sonoma has introduced a non-alcoholic wine infused with THC, the principal psychoactive chemical in cannabis.

08/13/18

UC Davis and the Australian Wine Research Institute agree that wine grapes are most susceptible to smoke taint from veraison to harvest. Veraison, for the uninitiated, is the onset of ripening and it's currently underway for most of Northern California's vines.

08/08/18

The massive wildfire that has laid siege to a wide swath of northern Lake County since late July continued to expand in several directions Tuesday as firefighters made stands, seeking once again to keep flames from jumping out of rural forestland into more populated areas where thousands of homes remain in jeopardy

08/06/18

The two blazes, jointly known as the Mendocino Complex fires, grew Sunday by nearly 38,000 acres to encompass 267,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. That ranks them as the fourth largest wildfire in state history.

08/06/18

08/03/18

preliminary reports of vineyard damage appear to be minimal, limited to a few smaller parcels; no damage has been reported at any local wineries. In fact, many local wineries outside of the evacuation areas are open normal hours

08/03/18

Residents in a large section of Lakeport were allowed to return home Thursday for the first time in four days as a raging wildfire moved away from the beleaguered city, but firefighters braced for dangerous conditions today that could fuel an outbreak of explosive fires across the region as forecasters issued a red flag warning for much of the North Coast

08/03/18

As Mendocino Complex fires spread to Lake County, vintners are on high alert

08/02/18

The two wildfires that have threatened Lake County shoreline communities for nearly a week have surpassed the 100,000-acre mark, even as containment of the blazes has reached 39 percent

08/01/18

An evacuation warning has been issued for residents along Etsel Ridge Road and Boonville Road, and in the area stretching east to US Forest Route M4 to the south of Mendocino Pass Road.

07/31/18

Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.

07/31/18

The Lake and Mendocino county fires almost doubled overnight and as of Monday morning had scorched almost 56,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. Containment remained at 5 percent for each fire. As of Sunday night, state fire officials had estimated the two fires were about 30,500 acres.

07/31/18

Eric and Cindi Olof, owners of Olof Cellars west of Kelseyville, decided to evacuate their ranch Monday after power was turned off. Their 16-acre vineyard was irrigated before power went out and should be fine for the next five days, said Cindi Olof. Smoke has been blowing from her area toward the lake. "The vines will be fine," Olof said.

07/31/18

Continuously updated fire map provided by mappingsupport.com. Drag or scroll to navigate.

07/19/18

Conditions a return to normal, several growers report resorting to H2A process for labor

07/13/18

The craft beers and spirits industries have been expanding in the North Bay, evidenced by established makers' opening new locations, old favorites' introducing new recipes, and plans being made for the future

07/11/18

Clearly, this couple is keeping occupied: In addition to their Philo tasting room, located inside the Madrones complex, they operate a second one in Windsor, in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. On top of that, Eric also runs a wine importing business, focusing on European wines that retail at $20 or less ...

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