Fire and Wine: The October 2017 Wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties

Authors: Christi Townsend*, Texas State University -San Marcos
Topics: Wine, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Wine, wildfire, Napa, Sonoma, California, Viticulture
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Northern California is the location of Napa and Sonoma counties, regions that have become synonymous with the production of fine wine. In October of 2017, this region experienced an outbreak of wildfires which burned a significant area of forest and agricultural land, and destroyed a number of homes and businesses. In total, over 200,000 acres were burned, including some of the most expensive and sought after viticultural land in the world. This exploratory research poster considers the ways that fire impacted the major wine producing regions of Northern California, with a focus on Napa and Sonoma Counties. What geographic factors contributed to these fires and will fires in Northern California be considered the new “normal”?

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