My thanks to those who have asked if we are OK given the ongoing fires in our area. Fortunately, we are in lots of smoke depending on the wind, but we’re a ways from the fires. Here’s today’s fire map. We live about where the “d” in “Bodega Bay” is on the left of the map.
There are three main valleys which contain most of the vineyards and wineries. The Napa Valley runs from Napa on the right side of the map up and to the left through St. Helena to Calistoga.
The town of Sonoma, to the right of El Verano in the center of the map and only half visible (it says “Son”), has a valley that runs up to Santa Rosa.
Finally, there’s a valley that runs from Petaluma, just left of center, up to Cloverdale at the top left. All of these contain a variety of vineyards and wineries.
As you can see, all of these valleys and more have been affected by the fires. A number of residential areas in the north of Santa Rosa have been totally levelled. Friends of ours lost their home, burnt to the ground. Ah, up in smoke, the photographs, familiar chairs and tables, thirty years of memories, musical instruments …
So my heart and my best wishes go out to those affected.
Best to all of you, stay safe in this uncertain world,