At least 10 people have died and more than 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed as more than 14 fires ravage Northern California. The destruction throughout at least eight counties has made this fire one of the worst in California history, according to authorities, with Gov. Jerry Brown declaring a state of emergency.
The devastation has hit a number of meetings hotels and vineyards, destroying such properties as the 124-room Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa. Justin Hayman, general manager of the hotel, posted a statement on its website that says, "In the late hours of October 8, 2017, Fountaingrove Inn/The Steakhouse @ Equus fell victim to the devastating fire in Sonoma County, and guests were subsequently evacuated. At this time, we are unable to conduct business in any capacity. As we have more information we will post updates." The Fountaingrove Round Barn, an event center, built in 1899, and the center of Fountaingrove Ranch, also suffered severe damage.
The 250-room Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, set on 13 acres, was destroyed. The main structure of Napa's Signorello Estates was destroyed as was the main building at Chateau St. Jean, a Spanish Colonial-style villa built in 1920. On its website the winery said, "Due to the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties, Chateau St. Jean is currently closed."
Napa Valley has been hard hit, and currently reports five hotels and more than 20 wineries closed due to the wildfires. It continues to update the list on its website
"The health and safety of our staff, neighbors and visitors is our highest concern," said Angela Jackson, director, media relations, Visit Napa Valley. "Visit Napa Valley's thoughts are also with the Napa Valley wineries, hotels, and other businesses that have been affected by today's wildfires. We greatly appreciate the overwhelming support we have received from the emergency service response teams who continue to work to keep everyone safe, as well as the collaboration and teamwork from all of our partners."
Napa Valley businesses will continue to assess their ability to welcome visitors, and Visit Napa Valley will update visitors planning a visit to the Napa Valley. Updated information on the wildfires may be found on the Napa County Sheriff's Office's website
will continue to update this information.