Wine Country inferno forces wine lovers into East Bay, South Bay, other regions

The deadly wine country inferno has diverted tourists, groups and wedding parties to wine regions in the East Bay, South Bay and elsewhere.

“It’s been pretty crazy,” said Cindy Turchino, tasting room manager and hospitality manager with The Steven Kent Winery in Livermore. “This week we got three times as many people that we would normally see on a weekday. I would say 80 percent of those people are coming either from Napa Valley or the Sonoma area.”

The raging wildfires in the North Bay have scorched wineries, displaced residents and businesses and packed hotels in Napa County and Sonoma County with refugees from the catastrophe.

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S.F. hotels inundated with demand from people and events displaced by wildfires (Video)

As the Wine Country’s hospitality industry sits in shock by the destruction wrought by wildfires tearing through the region, San Francisco hotels and venues have stepped in to accommodate those displaced by the damage.

Hotel properties throughout the city have been fully occupied this week with guests affected by six major fires that have killed at least 32 people, blackened more than 300 square miles and combined, have been deemed the deadliest week-long period in the state’s wildfire history.

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Sonoma, Napa wildfires threaten $65 billion in residential property, says analytics firm

The fires ravaging Northern California continue to grow. The LA Times reported Wednesday morning that “strong winds forecast for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning [may] spread embers from the deadly Tubbs fire to populated areas of Santa Rosa and Calistoga.”

CoreLogic estimated that nearly 2,600 homes in Napa County are at “high risk” or “extreme risk” from wildfires, with more than 8,400 homes at risk in Sonoma Rosa (which the firm inaccurately labels “Santa Rosa County.”)

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