CA Gov. Newsom’s Multimillion Greenback Vineyard Threatened By New Fireplace – Deadline
When California Governor Gavin Newsom toured the forest fire damage in Deer Park, Napa County on Thursday, a new fire known as the Campbell Fire broke out near the winery he co-owns with oil heir Gordon Getty.
His Plumpjack winery on Highway 29 near Oakville has been under increasing threat in recent days from the glass fire that started on September 27 in the north near Calistoga. The fire has scorched 57,000 acres and is now at 5% containment.
According to the morning Cal Fire briefing, the arms of The Glass Fire are now making two separate forays, one south and one east, toward Newsom’s millionaire winery.
And more recently, a five-acre fire called The Campbell Fire broke out about 2-3 miles from Newsom’s property.
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HAPPEN NOW: @CALFIRELNU confirms a new fire has started on Oakville Grade Rd. N of Yountville. 5 mornings right now. Road blocked.
The crews here say the air support cannot enter because of thick smoke. #glassfire pic.twitter.com/tA9skvMaA4
– StephanieABC7 (@ StephanieABC7) October 1, 2020
There is also the huge, but mostly contained, LNU Complex Fire, just 10 miles east of Newsom’s property. This fire – which contains the once separate Hennessy Fire – scorched 391,000 acres and has been burning for 41 days. While the LNU complex fire is 98% contained and a red flag warning is displayed tomorrow night, easterly / northeast winds in the area would tend to spread the fire to Newsom’s property.
This map shows the current fire limits and the location of the Campbell Fire – the triangle – in relation to Plumpjack – the point.
When asked about the threats to his property when surveying the damage, Newsom attempted to redirect attention.
“It’s not just my personal life before I got into politics, it’s my family here,” said the governor. “I just left my cousin Mike. We have a lot of employees who live up here. We have people who lost their homes up here. “
Newsom pushed for the status of his property and declined.
“I have all these things in a blind trust. I am not actively managing these things. I think it’s important to have a firewall there. But in terms of empathy, I have a deep empathy for the people who deal with these things. “
In fact, the glass fire destroyed over 240 buildings in the area, including many well-known wineries.
The fires spread when a red flag warning was issued in the area due to gusty winds and low humidity. It remains in effect until Friday.
#RedFlagWarning applies to parts of western California through Friday in gusty winds and low humidity. This is #CriticalFireWeather. So be careful outdoors. More tips: https://t.co/upBwccxXFO pic.twitter.com/OtpVkKmK5Q
– CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 1, 2020
Ben Nichols, head of the Cal Fire Division in Sonoma County, said that of the dozen of major fires in the state, the glass fire is not the number one priority.
“We operate structural defense in several locations in the east zone of the county,” said Nichols. “We’re in a dynamic situation right now and the winds haven’t even started yet.”
“The glass fire is the primary fire in the state,” he continued, “so we’ll prioritize resources.”
Nichols said the number of 240 structures destroyed in the fire so far was small. “Those numbers keep going up … this number is going to go up pretty much here.
Twitter users shared harrowing videos of the glass fire.
The #glass fire jumps across the river. This is Lodi Road, west of the Silverado Trail on the Napa River. #glasscomplex pic.twitter.com/Cctxw3djDv
– Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) September 28, 2020