California firefighters battled new devastating fires in the vineyard state north of San Francisco on Monday as a strong wind ignited the flames in an already badly burned state. (September 28)
Chateau Boswell, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, was engulfed in flames, according to photos from the scene and local reports. Photos show the wreckage of the winery on Sunday, and a video from ABC News shows the aftermath of the St. Helena-based business fire.
“We’re just heartbroken,” owner Susan Boswell said in an email to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The winery did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
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There are more than 400 wineries in Napa County open to the public, and 550 who are members of the Napa Valley Winegrowers Association, according to Visit Napa Valley, the region’s tourist branch. The organization could not confirm how many wineries have been damaged in Glass Fire so far, citing the “active fire situation”.
“Visit Napa Valley is grateful for the work that Cal Fire and others are doing to keep residents and visitors safe, and our hearts are moving to the families affected,” the organization said in a statement today.
The glass fire is part of a devastating fire season for California. Gov. Gavin Newsum said Monday that the state’s forest fires burned 3.7 million acres, up from 157,000 acres in 2019. More than 7,100 structures were destroyed by the blaze, he said.
San Francisco Chronicle critic Esther Mobley said at least 143 wineries in Napa County were in evacuation zones for Glass Glass, according to the county’s Emergency Service. The chronicle reports that three other wineries – the Fairwinds Estate winery, the Tofanelli vineyard and the Hunnicutt winery – were damaged.
Mobley confirmed on Twitter that several wineries had been spared the fury of the fire.
“Thanks to the heroic efforts of the fire brigade last night, the Duckhorn vineyards are high and our staff (including our favorite cat cellar Kitter) can’t be harmed,” said Duckhorn Vineyards, less than six miles from Chateau Boswell. Facebook. “Our hearts go out to our neighbors in the wine country during this difficult time.”
The photos show the devastation in Chateau Boswell:
Contributions: Melissa Daniels and Nicole Hayden, Palm Springs (CA) Desert Sun
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