My view of Hell, the Yountville Napa Valley 2017 Fire and living through it Post 1

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group DRE # 00770113

I am still fine and in my Yountville home but things are getting scary. Fire is at the crest of the Hill above Mondavi Winery and they have issued an advisory evacuation alert for that area but the Town as of 7:30 am this morning said things are still ok here. The fire is about 1.5 miles away but the firefighters are making a concerted effort to stop it from destroying the Town and Vet's home. I am packed and will be ready to go in 10 minutes if they issue a mandatory evacuation but the $64 question, where???

A reference to the SF Chronicle article was on Nextdoor Yountville and added a touch of needed humor. Here is the article by Jonathan Huffman, In smoke-filled Napa Valley, residents hold their breath over what’s to come, and the photo below is by Lea Suzuki The Chronicle. Hopefully Lea and The Chronicle won't get upset with me using it and if they see this and want me to take it down, please let me know. This sculpture is one of the many pieces the Town rents or has purchased for Art Walk, Yountville. Thanks to all who have wished me well and fingers crossed. cheers cvc

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Raul Rodriguez
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Prayers for you and all those affected by these fires, can't imagine what is going through the minds of everyone experiencing this tragedy.

Oct 14, 2017 05:59 AM #28
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Caroline Gerardo
Eagle Home Mortgage, LENNAR HOMES Home Loans - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady

Be safe. Pack your photographs, hand made gifts and not much else matters. You are in my prayers

Oct 14, 2017 07:58 AM #29
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John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Curtis, my heart goes out to you.  Hopefully the winds will lay and helps comes from above!

I watch ABC 7 in San Francisco online every day and see the devastation. (My daughter works there)

Stay safe and vigilant!

Oct 14, 2017 08:47 AM #30
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Curtis,  My heart aches for everyone.  So much devastation. I hope you do not have to evacuate yet it is nice to know that if you do, you have a place to go. Be safe.

Oct 14, 2017 01:32 PM #38
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Again, I truly thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Today has been better with no anticipated new evacuations for Napa. Unfortunately, Sonoma and Santa Rosa do.

I am learning to take things day by day and with all this loneliness, learning to look at things differently. I still find it ironic that the name of the fire threatening me, Nuns. I guess I should have behaved better and not made her get out that nasty ruler. Maybe this is a true glimpse of what original sin is all about.

again, thanks and cheers cvc

Oct 14, 2017 02:31 PM #39
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

 So very sorry for you and all the people going thru this. It is unbelievable Hopefully they can get this contained and put to an end soon. I have friends in the Franz area.... BE SAFE and dont take any chances life is more important than anything right now

Oct 14, 2017 09:26 PM #40
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Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

1.5 miles is very close. Hope all is well for you and continue to stay safe.

Oct 15, 2017 04:42 AM #41
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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Debra Athina

Thanks for your kind thoughts, It is now Sunday and things are looking better, cheers cvc

Oct 15, 2017 09:51 AM #42
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Horrible situation there!  So much beautiful scenery, along with homes just destroyed, seemingly no end in sight.  Very difficult to read about.

 

Oct 15, 2017 01:02 PM #43
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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Mary

Unfortunately the Nuns fire is still raging. I believe the northern end is the new hot spot for all of these fires. This is about 2-3 miles from home and it has been like this for the last 4 days. Going batty is being polite. Thanks for your kind words, cheers cvc

Oct 15, 2017 04:01 PM #44
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

A hurricane comes and goes, but this fire has raged for days. It is beyond my experience to know what it must be like to watch minute by minute to see if my home is in the fire's path.

Our hearts go out to all affected.

Be safe.

Oct 16, 2017 06:11 AM #45
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Glad you are safe, Curtis. I long for the days without sirens, helicopters, smoke and ash.

 

Oct 16, 2017 09:34 AM #46
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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John

As I have said, we won't be truly past this till the hopeful rain this Thursday and Friday. Thankfully the firefighters are making progress, cheers cvc

Oct 16, 2017 09:45 AM #47
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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Cynthia

Thanks for your kind thoughts, cheers cvc

Oct 16, 2017 09:46 AM #48
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Nearly every breath, here a hundred miles away, we smell the fires and our thoughts are with all of you.   I can't imagine the psychological toll this is going to take: thousands of people are suddenly homeless in a region already stressed by high prices and scarce inventory.    Your community faces health hazards, job losses, crop & vineyard losses, and terrible financial stress.    We all hope the firefighters achieve containment soon and are so grateful to those brave people for helping you.     

Oct 16, 2017 03:44 PM #49
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

MC sorry to have missed this prior. Today, there is still smoke in the air and breathing is not easy. The haze tints the sky and it continues to be a constant brown, Let alone a breathe of fresh air. I have considered getting out of town but with a full car of everything I own, didn't want to go there. First day without an active fire here in the Napa Valley for the last 10 days. Praying  for the end, cheers cvc

Oct 18, 2017 03:28 PM #50
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
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Kind of like we feel here in Florida when a hurricane is about to hit and you know the homes that have already experienced it's wrath were destroyed. My heartfelt prayers go out to all. May the fires stop soon and may you all be safe. 

Oct 18, 2017 08:21 PM #51
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Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Checking in Curtis Van Carter to see how you are faring.... posted a happy snap when we met in person in 2014 Napa2014 and you showed us around downtown Napa.  Thanks for the memories and I hope you will stay safe. 

Oct 19, 2017 06:35 AM #52
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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Eileen

I do remember this and it was fun meeting you and I can't remember the other person. Yesterday was the first day in 10 that there wasn't an active fire burning here in the Napa Valley. Still smokey but I did finally run a couple of errands. Thanks for your kind thoughts cvc

Oct 19, 2017 06:48 AM #53
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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Stavrula

Thank you for your kind thoughts. I guess they didn't expect the hurricane that hit Houston to sit and rain as it did. Kind of similar with the fires, not certain where they would go for 10 days. Finally better here, cheers cvc

Oct 19, 2017 06:50 AM #54
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