Tragedy follows devastation as fires rage through California

California is suffering from ‘unprecedented’ devastation following wildfires which have ripped through its northern wine regions around San Francisco. Wildfires are not unusual in California, but this spate of blazes started almost in unison, catching the fire safety services in the almost impossible position of keeping them under control.
An estimated 1,500 structures have been destroyed, along with several priceless vineyards in this famous region. Around 20,000 people have been evacuated, including care home residents and hospital patients, but the fire has claimed several lives in its wake. Fire fighters are battling night and day but the wildfires continue to fox their attempts to put them out. High winds and a warm atmosphere have played their part in spreading the fire.
California’s famous wine valley particularly suffered. Although the main bulk of the wine region’s grape has been harvested, the most valuable late crop was reduced to ashes. Signorello Estate Winery and Paradise Ridge Winery were destroyed and portions of another, Stags’ Leap, were also burned. Wineries in the Napa Valley are the region’s lifeblood and the economic cost is yet to be fully calculated.
As the fires spread, witnesses reported that smoke was thick in San Francisco, 60 miles south of the Sonoma County fire. The origins of these devastating fires are under investigation, and we really hope that the fire services will get them under control soon.
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