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#451 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » October 4th, 2020, 3:51 pm

Leon Katraix wrote:
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Will Bucklin just posted on Instagram that they lost their family compound in Kenwood. Such horrible destruction...
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#452 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 4th, 2020, 5:31 pm

I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
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#453 Post by Nola Palomar » October 4th, 2020, 5:44 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
That’s great news Merrill.
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#454 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 4th, 2020, 5:50 pm

Nola Palomar wrote:
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Merrill Lindquist wrote:
October 4th, 2020, 5:31 pm
I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
That’s great news Merrill.
Thanks, Nola. So happy....has been so tough.
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#455 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » October 4th, 2020, 6:09 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
Meow!
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#456 Post by Marc Hauser » October 4th, 2020, 8:57 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
Great news! And rain later this week!
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#457 Post by Andrew Kotowski » October 4th, 2020, 9:00 pm

I can’t figure out how to post it here, but Sonoma Sheriff’s Facebook has as an awesome helicopter video over our friends’ neighborhood, with street names overlaid. Amazing to see where the firefighters dug in and just how many houses they saved.
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#458 Post by ClydeUnderwood » October 5th, 2020, 12:47 am

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
October 4th, 2020, 9:00 pm
I can’t figure out how to post it here, but Sonoma Sheriff’s Facebook has as an awesome helicopter video over our friends’ neighborhood, with street names overlaid. Amazing to see where the firefighters dug in and just how many houses they saved.
https://www.facebook.com/sonoma.sheriff ... 434424053/

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#459 Post by Andrew Kotowski » October 5th, 2020, 2:56 am

LOL. Kept trying to embed it :). Thanks.
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#460 Post by Jud Reis » October 5th, 2020, 8:07 am

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
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#461 Post by Lee Braem » October 5th, 2020, 10:22 am

Merrill, good news and good luck.

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#462 Post by Will Clements » October 5th, 2020, 3:27 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
I hope you’ve made it home and it’s intact.

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#463 Post by Ed Steinway » October 5th, 2020, 5:16 pm

Great news, Merrill! Safe travels to you!

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#464 Post by lleichtman » October 5th, 2020, 7:03 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
Wishing you the best. Glad to hear you can go home.
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#465 Post by blarmston » October 5th, 2020, 11:02 pm

Does anyone have an update on how contained the fires are now? Last I saw it was only about 15% or so, and that was 2-3 days ago.
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#466 Post by Paul Gordon » October 5th, 2020, 11:11 pm

blarmston wrote:
October 5th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Does anyone have an update on how contained the fires are now? Last I saw it was only about 15% or so, and that was 2-3 days ago.
I heard 30% this morning. 60-70% is basically "out".

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#467 Post by David Baum » October 5th, 2020, 11:52 pm

41% per Press Democrat

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#468 Post by Anthony Z » October 5th, 2020, 11:53 pm

blarmston wrote:
October 5th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Does anyone have an update on how contained the fires are now? Last I saw it was only about 15% or so, and that was 2-3 days ago.
CalFire currently has containment at 41% https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/glass-fire/

The air here in NorCal is clearing up a bit and supposedly we’ll be in a better spot smoke wise by the end of the week
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#469 Post by Andrew Demaree » October 6th, 2020, 5:06 am

Glad to hear there’s been progress the last few days.

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#470 Post by David Baum » October 6th, 2020, 8:10 am

Now 50%

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#471 Post by Al Osterheld » October 6th, 2020, 8:12 am

I think the only real problem area for the Glass Fire at present is north of Calistoga in a forested and mountainous area.

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#472 Post by Jim F » October 6th, 2020, 8:33 am

Very good news indeed, and let’s hope,it,is extinguished very soon. And my hopes and prayers go out to those who were hurt, and devastated, by this fire. Bad.
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#473 Post by Jeff_M. » October 6th, 2020, 8:55 am

Al Osterheld wrote:
October 6th, 2020, 8:12 am
I think the only real problem area for the Glass Fire at present is north of Calistoga in a forested and mountainous area.

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If the rain forecasted for this weekend materializes that would be fantastic. Looks like 40% chance on Friday.
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#474 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 6th, 2020, 9:31 am

Thanks again to those expressing their support.

I made it home last night and am still without power. Supposed to be restored today.

My Lady Sapphire (in my avatar) is in good shape and has barely left my side...she is a comfort.

I see no flames but it smells like a thousand ashtrays out there. Silverado Trail, which many of you know, was closed off, so I did not see the destruction at Boswell, etc. Came up route 29 without issue.

I may lose some landscape plants, but other than that, there is just some ash, leaves, brush etc. That my gardener will take care of. Guess I am left with the dirty task of cleaning out the refrigerator. Small price to pay for an untouched home and vineyard.
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#475 Post by David Wright » October 6th, 2020, 9:35 am

Great to hear, Merrill.

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#476 Post by Siun o'Connell » October 6th, 2020, 10:20 am

Phew - glad all is OK Merrill!

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#477 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 6th, 2020, 1:02 pm

Ok, I admit that I typically think of the Pacific gas and electric folks as guys driving around in blue trucks tweaking the electric service here and there. I stand corrected. They have helicopters bringing in and out gear to get my electric going. Amazing to watch. Amazing to think my service comes from high in the Palisades mountains. Thank you to all who are trying to bring our Valley back to normal.
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#478 Post by David H. » October 6th, 2020, 5:16 pm

Does anyone have confirmation on Black Sears? I read a rumor they sustained significant damage. Hoping this is a bad rumor.

Also, how about Venge’s Bone Ash vineyard?
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#479 Post by Andrew Demaree » October 6th, 2020, 8:37 pm

Very glad to hear you made it back to find the house, vineyard, and Sapphire intact, Merrill.

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#480 Post by Jeremy C » October 6th, 2020, 9:03 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
October 6th, 2020, 9:31 am
Thanks again to those expressing their support.

I made it home last night and am still without power. Supposed to be restored today.

My Lady Sapphire (in my avatar) is in good shape and has barely left my side...she is a comfort.

I see no flames but it smells like a thousand ashtrays out there. Silverado Trail, which many of you know, was closed off, so I did not see the destruction at Boswell, etc. Came up route 29 without issue.

I may lose some landscape plants, but other than that, there is just some ash, leaves, brush etc. That my gardener will take care of. Guess I am left with the dirty task of cleaning out the refrigerator. Small price to pay for an untouched home and vineyard.
So glad to discover that you are home in peace. Stay safe.
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#481 Post by R. Frankel » October 6th, 2020, 10:55 pm

So happy to hear this Merrill. I popped a 2010 Black Cat to continue to send good thoughts your way. Stunning, in a perfect place now.

Does anyone have a non-paywall list of wineries damaged by these fires? I’d like to direct some love and purchases to those heavily in need.
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#482 Post by Brian Tuite » October 7th, 2020, 6:24 am

David H. wrote:
October 6th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Does anyone have confirmation on Black Sears? I read a rumor they sustained significant damage. Hoping this is a bad rumor.
I texted Anne Fogerty Saturday and this was her response:]

"Black Sears pretty torched, saved the buildings. Hit the Robert Craig side of Outpost, but everything and most of the woods ok. Lots of CalFire running around/stationed 24/7."
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#483 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 7th, 2020, 9:11 am

R. Frankel wrote:
October 6th, 2020, 10:55 pm
So happy to hear this Merrill. I popped a 2010 Black Cat to continue to send good thoughts your way. Stunning, in a perfect place now.

Does anyone have a non-paywall list of wineries damaged by these fires? I’d like to direct some love and purchases to those heavily in need.
That's great, Rich. I am always happy to hear reports of Black Cats that are doing well. As you can see, 10 years from harvest is a good place for many of my wines. (And the REAL Black Cat is very happy to have me home from the evacuation - she barely leaves my side.
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#484 Post by Scott Brunson » October 7th, 2020, 3:52 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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So happy to hear this Merrill. I popped a 2010 Black Cat to continue to send good thoughts your way. Stunning, in a perfect place now.

Does anyone have a non-paywall list of wineries damaged by these fires? I’d like to direct some love and purchases to those heavily in need.
That's great, Rich. I am always happy to hear reports of Black Cats that are doing well. As you can see, 10 years from harvest is a good place for many of my wines. (And the REAL Black Cat is very happy to have me home from the evacuation - she barely leaves my side.
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#485 Post by joe d. » October 8th, 2020, 8:33 am

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#486 Post by JohnP » October 8th, 2020, 9:11 am

joe d. wrote:
October 8th, 2020, 8:33 am
Update from Eater 10/7/20 https://sf.eater.com/platform/amp/2020/ ... fC7vGSKse8
Thanks for sharing that article. They mention Spring Mountain's vineyards were lost. Can anyone confirm is they lost the entire square mile of vineyards or just a portion?
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#487 Post by J a y H a c k » October 9th, 2020, 6:39 pm

A message from Black Sears passed to me by the people at Outpost. Looks like the vineyards are gone. :(

This feels like déjà vu all over again... It's only been a few weeks, but once again we would like to thank you all for your words of sympathy, support, and encouragement during the recent Glass Fire, which has devastated our Napa Valley community yet again.

We are safe. But this fire did reach Black Sears, and burned most of our 420-acre ranch over a period of days last week. Thanks to the heroic efforts of CalFire, as well as our friends and neighbors, we were able to save our homes, our winery, and the old, red barn. Even while we mourn what is lost, there is much to be thankful for.

However, our employee and dear friend Truitt Smith was not as fortunate - his home burned to the ground in the wee hours of Sunday morning, shortly after the fire began. The fire moved through the Deer Park neighborhood just below Howell Mountain so quickly that he was forced to grab his puppy, Cap, and evacuate without any of his belongings at around 4:30am.

Many of you have reached out to ask what you can do to help support wine country during this difficult time...
-Please consider a donation to the GoFundMe donation page for Truitt: CLICK HERE https://gf.me/u/y3ciid
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Though Howell Mountain is still smoldering, and though it will take years, the clean-up here is already underway. We are a determined and obstinate community of farmers here on the mountain, and together we intend to rise from these ashes.

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#488 Post by J a y H a c k » October 9th, 2020, 8:26 pm

Chris Jambois of Black Sears with official WB Helmet in front of vineyard at the very top of Howell Mountain, apparently now reduced to ash.
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#489 Post by Patrick T a y l o r » October 9th, 2020, 9:24 pm

O'Shaughnessy winery has been saved twice, but they are not making a 2020 vintage.
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#490 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 10th, 2020, 9:58 am

They have finally opened the Silverado Trail between Calistoga and St. Helena - the area where the Glass Fire started. Man, I was not ready for it. As many times as I saw the news while I was evacuated, I never really imagined how bad it was. Friends and aquaintences with homes and businesses burned to the ground. In many cases what was left was stone or concrete fountains and entry pillars.

I took a ride around and the shock continued. Just across the street, hillsides I have looked at for 20 years just turned to black.

I am one fortunate person. Some of the fire patterns appear so random. Very sobering.
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#491 Post by Barry L i p t o n » October 10th, 2020, 11:31 am

So sad, thanks for sharing Merrill.

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#492 Post by Brian Tuite » October 10th, 2020, 12:54 pm

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October 10th, 2020, 9:58 am
They have finally opened the Silverado Trail between Calistoga and St. Helena - the area where the Glass Fire started. Man, I was not ready for it. As many times as I saw the news while I was evacuated, I never really imagined how bad it was. Friends and aquaintences with homes and businesses burned to the ground. In many cases what was left was stone or concrete fountains and entry pillars.

I took a ride around and the shock continued. Just across the street, hillsides I have looked at for 20 years just turned to black.

I am one fortunate person. Some of the fire patterns appear so random. Very sobering.
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Santa Rosa to Calistoga. It’s a dreadfully sobering experience.

I drove down the Trail Thursday up to the road block at Dunaweal. Seeing how the fire came right down the hill to Kenefick, Eisele and your place and just stopped there I could see how fortunate you were.
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#493 Post by Al Osterheld » October 10th, 2020, 1:15 pm

From satellite thermal imagery, it looked like it stopped at the edge of the forested hills. There are some shade trees lower down, also looked like one of them may have caught fire just northwest of Merrill's place. The winds were just low enough and probably some firefighters successfully put out any spot fires in that location. It is somewhat arbitrary and random, though.

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#494 Post by Peter Kleban » October 10th, 2020, 1:55 pm

So glad you and your place escaped, Merrill. But what a disaster for others.
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#495 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 12th, 2020, 9:19 am

It's strange these days. Damage is being assessed, the electricity is back on, and there are not constant airplanes and helicopters overhead during daylight hours. But those of us who escaped real harm are feeling depressed. Loss for others, perhaps some "guilt" at not having lost much ourselves, this is what I am hearing at the farmer's market, at the restaurants, at the grocery store. Our beautiful Valley that so many of you visit just does not look the same. Crews are out taking down burned trees - Siverado Trail is no longer THE place to ride your bike. But with some rain it will improve, and many of us have small losses which are very tolerable: lack of availability of our homes and kitchens for 10 days, lost landscaping due to lack of water because of lack of electricity to move the water from wells and pumps. Costly to stay and eat somewhere else, to replace landscaping, but I feel so "blessed" that what matters to my life and livelihood is intact.

My thoughts are with those - some as close as 1/4 mile away - who truly lost. That's what I have to say on this bright Monday morning from the comfort of my home/ranch.
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#496 Post by brigcampbell » October 12th, 2020, 10:03 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 12:54 pm

Ghosts of the Tubbs Fire drive from Santa Rosa to Calistoga. It’s a dreadfully sobering experience.
We made that drive when we visited with you. Heading west from Calistoga it's "wow, look at all the burned forest. Isn't that something" until the decent towards Santa Rosa and it's "my god - that entire neighborhood is completely destroyed"

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#497 Post by KyleC » October 12th, 2020, 10:46 am

In the good news category, Dominus just emailed saying their 2020 vintage is smoke free.

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Re: #GlassFire

#498 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 12th, 2020, 11:24 am

KyleC wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 10:46 am
In the good news category, Dominus just emailed saying their 2020 vintage is smoke free.
That IS great news. We need a 2020 vintage!
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Re: #GlassFire

#499 Post by Roy Piper » October 12th, 2020, 12:12 pm

KyleC wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 10:46 am
In the good news category, Dominus just emailed saying their 2020 vintage is smoke free.
Is that so.
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Re: #GlassFire

#500 Post by Dennis Borczon » October 12th, 2020, 12:16 pm

Roy Piper wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 12:12 pm
KyleC wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 10:46 am
In the good news category, Dominus just emailed saying their 2020 vintage is smoke free.
Is that so.
Uh oh. That sounds a wee bit sceptical...

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