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 eastern 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.