Sonoma County Wineries Feel Heat from Massive California Fire

The out-of-control Kincade fire in California’s Sonoma County was burning Thursday afternoon close to some famed wineries.


According to the Los Angeles Times, the fire, which as of noon Thursday has burned more than 10,000 acres, is burning near such wineries as  The Robert Young Estate , Trione Vineyards and Winery, and Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

The total number of structures that have burned was not clear.

Dwight Monson of Geyersville, who lives on the family ranch with his wife, son and brothers, told the Times that by the time they jumped in their cars and headed to the valley below, the flames were already at the far edge of their ranch. He thought a 1,000-acre Kendall Jackson vineyard adjacent to his ranch would stop the wildfire, but the fierce winds pushed embers miles ahead, allowing the flames to leapfrog through the famous wine country area.

The California wine industry is no stranger to dealing with wildfires and the impacts they have.