Wine Country Fires
Fires continue to burn for a second day in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and Napa County. Despite tremendous efforts from our local and state fire departments, high winds and limited resources have led to devastating damage of homes, businesses, and vineyards. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency.
Smoke and Uncertainty
Even in San Francisco, the air is thick with smoke. We wait to hear from loved ones up north who have been evacuated, or who are waiting, watching the path of the burns, and hoping their areas will be spared. We have heard from some of our beloved wineries, with mixed news: it seems that Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery are safe at the moment, but we are heartbroken to hear that Paradise Ridge was decimated yesterday in the blaze. All of our wine partners have closed temporarily, and are taking steps to make sure their families and staff are safe and cared for.
Wine Country Tours Affected
Here at Incredible Adventures, we’re checking in regularly with all of our North Bay partners and doing what we can to help our guests adjust to this unforeseen event, and trying to help people experience the areas that are safe to visit. For the time being, we have suspended all wine country tours. We are offering an alternate day trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito with 2 hours at each location for anyone still interested to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Giant Redwoods, and the quaint, artistic town of Sausalito. This can be booked through the BOOK NOW buttons on any of our wine tours – just look for the special tour listings in the calendar for affected days.
For up-to-date information about the wine country fires, CalFire’s Website has a list of all incidents in the state.
This article from the Mercury News speaks in more depth about the impact on Wine Country.
How can You Help?
Incredible Adventures will be collecting supplies and gear to donate to the families who lost everything in the fire. Here is a great list of local places that need donations or support. As we hear more about ways you can support our winery partners up north, we will update this post with links. Please keep our friends in the North Bay in your thoughts.