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Napa County's new fire reality

Napa County's new fire reality

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Of the 20 most destructive wildfires in California history, 12 have burned since 2017. Of those fires, five burned at least in part in Napa County. On the list of the 26 counties scorched by those 20 fires, Napa and Sonoma appear five times each, more than any other. In between fires came smoke and power shutdowns. Here are images from Napa's new reality.

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On paper, Christine O’Sullivan and Jim Bean may look like another Silicon Valley couple that retired and decided to start a winery in Napa, but their personal investment in Napa Valley goes back more than 20 years before they took over at Brand Napa Valley on Pritchard Hill.

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Patricia Damery thought the verdant forest on her Napa County ranch was a healthy, resilient ecosystem until the 2017 wildfires. This was a wakeup call that her family forest had not been managed for 200 years, since white settlers had arrived and killed or chased away the people who had cared for their land for millennia

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Burning old grapevines may be the cheapest way to dispose of them, for vineyard owner, but external costs include the impact on global warming and the downwind health costs that accrue to workers and neighbors.

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The substation in Calistoga is planned to be shut off on Tuesday between 7 and 8 p.m. PG&E will begin switching to the Calistoga microgrid as soon as the substation is off, but it may take up to two hours for it to be fully energized. Restoration is expected to begin on Thursday morning, Aug. 19.

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We need to look for new approaches and new technologies that can help firefighters on the ground, Dana Hessheimer, a retired Brigadier General and National Guard dual-status commander for the Camp Fire.

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