It is in the Napa Valley. At least a dozen wineries have burned since the fire broke out, which this week devastated more than 20,000 hectares.
La Silverado Trail, a small route that runs through the famous vineyards of Napa Valley, California, a paradise for wine lovers, was practically reduced to ashes before the devastating fires that devastate this state of the west coast of the United States.
The fire baptized as Glass Fire consumed a three Michelin star restaurant and wineries like Chateau Boswell, while the smoke ruined precious vineyards.
At least a dozen wineries have burned since this fire broke out, which this week devastated more than 20,000 hectares.
The west coast of the United States suffers a record fire season, with five of the six biggest fires in history underway, which have already destroyed more than 1.6 million hectares.
On Wednesday in Calistoga, the skeleton of a motor home lay in a smoky glade near an old Packard with melted paint on the hood.
And as smoke rose from the hills, firefighters tried to extinguish the flames with pickaxes, shovels and water.
The wineries that still stood were closed, no visitors before the evacuation orders for the entire area.
At the entrance to the Meadowood hotel complex, where chef Christopher Kostow managed to earn his restaurant three Michelin stars, a security officer stand guard.
Although other parts of the complex avoided the flames, there was nothing left of the restaurant, although the chef’s house was saved.
“Losing your restaurant and your home would have been a double blow that no one would be able to take,” Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning said after checking the home of Kostow, who was evacuated.
At Calistoga Ranch, which offers its guests a swimming pool, a lake and hiking, flames come out of gas pipes from the ruins of luxurious mobile homes.
“It doesn’t look like any trailer park you’ve ever seen,” said firefighter Matt Macdonald, of nearby Sonoma, as he looked out over the still-smoky landscape.
Near a Parking sign were the remains of golf carts, used by guests to tour the property, destroyed by fire.
“It’s all very sad,” said a Napa County Sheriff as he looked out over a vineyard on the Silverado Trail.
“People who come here have their own memories, usually over a winery that they love because it became special to them, “he added.
The manager of the Castello di Amorosa winery in Calistoga defied the smoke and flames to assess the damage.