A personal account about being in the Napa Valley during this frightening time

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

I lived here in Yountville in 2017 when that fire started at the top of the hills directly east from my home. The first thing it did was burn down the hill toward Yountville. Granted there is a wide two lane road, Silverado Trail, and about a mile of vineyards with virtually no trees between the Trail and my home but it still was frightening. This fire lasted 14 days before fully contained and even though I was under a evacuation warning for a few days, I never had to leave.

These 14 days were ones filed with constant thick smoke especially the first 5 days. So thick I couldn't see our community pool about 400 feet from my home. On my block there are 16 homes with 8 of us being full timers, the rest second homes. By day 4, there were only 2 of us still there.

This was tough but this current fire called by many names is now the formally known as the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. It is actually multiple separate merged fires; Hennessey, Gamble, Green, Markley, Spanish Flat, Morgan Fire and Walbridge fires.

This one is different than two years ago and even the one that destroyed all the eartern hills and a good portion of Silverado Country Club in about 1995. It is bigger, has no containment after 4 days and is coming very close to Calistoga, Angwin, Deer Park and the St Helena Hospital. Last night they evacuated Lake County Road and  all the properties east of Siverado Trail from Calistoga to about 5 miles north of Yountville.

Heck, I even starting getting out things such as suitcases, boxes and took a inventory of where everything that I might want to take is if I get evacuated. I still don't think I will be even under the worst possible case but as I said, this monster feels different.

Thought you might like to see for yourself what this fire looks like from the locals in a blog post by the Napa Valley Register.

https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/from-our-readers-photos-from-napa-county-wildfires/collection_0379096e-b403-55c7-be5f-bbc26a3515ab.html#18

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Comments (34)

Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Grant, Sharon

thanks you for your well wishes and kind thoughts. hopefully this new storm tonight fizzles out and doesn't create new fires, cheers cvc

Aug 23, 2020 10:03 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Lottie

I know you are going through hell too. I am just hoping to still be here after Mondays, fingers crossed, cheers cvc

Aug 23, 2020 10:04 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Kat

It has going on since last Sunday when the first dry lightening storm rolled through causing the fires from about 4,500 strikes. As I said above, after tomorrow it may be heaven or hell, cheers cvc

Aug 23, 2020 10:06 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Kathy

Thanks for the feature, I appreciate any little thing I can get, cheers cvc

Aug 23, 2020 10:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Curtis Van Carter ,

Wow..you still have this hanging over your head as you are not out of the woods yet. Prayers are with you and your community..stay safe.

Aug 23, 2020 02:55 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Curtis:

There are just no words for what is happening in so many places in California. Be safe and don't take any risks!! It's just not work it!

Jeff

Aug 23, 2020 04:38 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Curtis Van Carter once again tradegy strikes your area of the country.  Although I live in hurricane alley, I have vivid memories of a home fire I experienced when I was a young girl in New York.   Fire and the smoke is unbearable. I can still smell the burned out first floor of my home and refused to wear my clothing even after 6 months.  

Glad you have prepared an evacuation kit and sometimes think about taking action.  Life events like this give us pause and allow us to simplify and down size. 

You were so kind to meet me when I visited Napa Valley to show me life after earthquakes    Napa Valley  you are true rainship created by this Active Rain community.  Stay safe always and think about road trips when disater is striking please

Aug 25, 2020 05:41 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Eileen
Way too many moons ago. Wish we could turn back the clock and just take that damn walk. To go outside today, heck for the last 3 days, is like for every breathe, a second less. Yes again super thick smoke today. cheers cvc

Aug 25, 2020 02:02 PM
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

Fires are beyond frightening!  We are experiencing fires in Oregon also.  No smoke in the city yet, winds are being kind to city dwellers.

Aug 25, 2020 09:33 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Susan

The smoke was so thick the last couple of days, I couldn't see the 500 foot hills out my window and they are only about 1000 feet away. Good luck there and cheers cvc

Aug 26, 2020 07:21 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I have friends in Northern CA that have been burned out twice Curtis Van Carter They have now moved. It's really unnerving to see CA burn every year

Aug 26, 2020 03:24 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

 I'm reading this almost a week after you wrote it. Hoping all is well with you and your community. 

Aug 26, 2020 10:30 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Mel

As I said, there were two big issues that we dodged here: the fire above Mondavi Winery and the dry lightning storm on Monday that didn't strike anywhere nearby. cheers cvc

Aug 27, 2020 01:12 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Doug

It does seem like this will be an annual happening. Wish it wasn't cheers cvc

Aug 27, 2020 01:13 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

We, also, had major evaculations last week with the Carmel River and Carmel Fire.  Pretty much all of Carmel Valley was evacuated and most of them came here to Carmel-by-the-Sea.  The hotels were giving special rates to evacuees. If the weather hadn't changed to dense fog the way it did and the storm that was predicted had come instead, we might look at a whole different scenario with possibly no Carmel Valley Village.

Aug 27, 2020 04:13 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Hella

WE too are suffering with this and as I posted, the 2 scares which one was the fire above Mondavi which was extinguished in about a hour and no strikes here from Mondays storm have truly brought a sigh of relief. The Hennessey fire is heading Middletown way and is the biggest concern now. Hopefully not a repeat of last year's camp fire. Best wishes for you and yours, cheers cvc

Aug 28, 2020 08:35 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I have relatives who live near the fire area in Morgan Hill, Ca. and others who have had to evacuate their home in Nevada City, Ca. and the city where my office is located, Fremont, Ca., is partially under evacuation orders.

No one that I know, so far, has lost their home.

This horror is not over!

Aug 31, 2020 05:32 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

May you and all our Rainer No Cal community and all those affected in the West be safe and protected in person and propery.

Sep 19, 2020 09:18 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

John

I am certain you had as mush as a scare as I did and this is saying nothing about the smoke. Glad no one lost their home, cheers cvc

Sep 21, 2020 01:36 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Kris

thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes, cheers cvc

Sep 21, 2020 01:37 PM

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