The last count I had regarding the number of homes lost to the October fire storm here in the Napa Valley was nearly 500 from my insurance agent about 4 weeks ago. I wasn’t surprised to see that figure climb to well over 600 in the latest number.
Napa County puts the figure at 637 which includes homes burnt to the ground and those “red tagged” as unsafe for habitation. Their breakdown is 593 residences destroyed and 87 damaged. Cal Fire has its own count, 680 not habitable.
Sonoma fared far worse where the Tubbs Fire destroyed 4,609 homes, 850 outbuildings and 94 commercial structures. The Nuns Fire added 532 homes destroyed, 564 outbuildings and 28 commercial structures according to Cal Fire.
No matter the final numbers, this event has left a lifetime impression on those who lived through this disaster. It will be be 2-3 years for many to get back any normalcy into their lives and for some, who knows how long? My one final thought, I don’t want to live through another one. Cheers and the best to all those who lost their home and may their future be as easy as it can be given all that has happened.
Photos from Cal Fire and Bing free to use and share. Curtis Van Carter DRE # 00770113 Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group