Wildfire rips through Napa wine country

3rd July, 2014 by db_staff

A wildfire has swept through Napa’s Pope Valley destroying nearly 4,000 acres of land, but the wine region’s valuable vineyards are not yet affected, writes Simon Howland.

Up to 800 firefighters and 132 fire engines are working to control the blaze, aided by helicopters and fixed-wing tankers, with the latest update from Cal Fire listing the fire’s spread as 3,800 acres, 30% of which has been contained.

According to Houston Chronicle, the fire has damaged several homes and forced the evacuation of over 200 more since it broke out on Tuesday, but currently poses no threat to Napa’s vineyards.

Speaking to the paper, Cate Contiff, a spokesperson for Napa Valley Vintners, said there was no reason for the wine trade to be concerned.

“It has not come anywhere close to….

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