Wineries across California‘s Napa Valley are among the thousands of properties that have been destroyed by fierce wildfires ravaging the state this week.
Paradise Ridge Winery, situated on a hill overlooking Santa Rosa, is one of the many hit by fires that broke out Sunday, with its barrels charred and its wine flowing like a river under smoldered debris.
Fires across California have killed 17 people so far in the north and forced 20,000 people across the state to evacuate their homes.
Nearly 150 people are unaccounted for and some 2,000 buildings have been devoured by the flames.
Among the dead are a married couple, aged 100 and 99, who were unable to evacuate in time. A deaf-blind woman is also believed to be among the dead.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties and requested a presidential major disaster declaration to help battle at least 18 blazes burning throughout the state.
A series of fires that flared up north of San Francisco on Sunday night are among the deadliest in the state’s history.
In Southern California, most evacuation orders have been lifted as firefighters successfully battle a wildfire that destroyed 14 buildings, most of them homes.
Thousands of people in Tustin, Orange and Anaheim were allowed to begin returning home Tuesday evening, a day after the blaze erupted in northern Orange County.
Some of the largest of more than a dozen blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. They sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles away.
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Source: Daily Mail