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Before & After: How the vineyards acted as a firebreak in some areas.

Artesa winery is open and running again, so I drove up today to catch a photo from a vantage point I used a couple of years ago:

94* out here again today. Really thankful we got a good downpour of rain last week.


Just received David Neiwerts latest book.

ALT AMERICA: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump

Iíve yet to do any more than look at the Table of Contents, and skim a couple of pages. Looks very good, as I would expect. Neiwertís book on the Militia phenomenon was great.

Just finishing Leonard Zeskindís tome Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream (2009). I expect that the two works will pair nicely.

Gaining the upper hand.

Smoke in the hills west of St. Helena, California

Firefighting Dragonflys

Hall Winery Rabbit

We are getting the first light rain since last winter as I write this. The fires are coming under various percentages of containment, and this rain should help tamp them down even further.

So far we are counting 42 dead, and over 7,000 structures burned; a lot of those structures are over in Santa Rosa, on the other side of the ridges in these images.

What a disaster.

I've been helping deliver supplies to one of the evacuation centers in Napa.

I stopped this morning on the way in and took a few shots from a hill south of the city. For those of you who know the area, it was the hill with the Grape Crusher statue down by the Southern Crossing.

Nothing dramatic or particularly good, but I wanted to give some idea about the smoke we're dealing with:

Woke up the other morning to this (not something you want to start your day with). This is looking from Cordelia toward the Atlas Fire complex. There are several more fires like this burning in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties. This, and the Tubbs Fire complex are two of the largest:

This was coming into Napa from the south this morning:

There are mountains about 1/2 mile in front of me but you would never know it:

The ridge behind Artesa winery. I included this because I have some really nice before photos of this area. When they open the road to the winery again, I'll go up and post some before and after images:

Yesterday was pretty clear in Napa, with winds driving the smoke out into the Central Valley and the Bay Area. This is looking from a frontage road on I-80 out toward the Suisun Marsh, which is about 14 miles from Napa:

As I said, nothing dramatic. I didn't try to get close to any of the active fire areas because I didn't want to get in the way; just wanted to share some of what we're going through with you all.

One of our friends lost everything last night in the Atlas fire by Napa.

Lots of fires burning in Napa, Lake, and Sonoma counties. High winds last night gusted to 60+mph. At least some of the fires started by blown down power lines.

Thoughts and prayers as always, but now off to use my truck to assist in some of the evacuations.

Stay safe out there.
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