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Unforgiving Wildfires Affect Vineyard Workers and Owners

When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety. As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their homes. The owner of an elite golf resort abandoned his home to try to save his golf course. The deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history imperiled both the low-wage workers who harvest the nation’s most valuable wine…

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Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety…. … Read the referenced story here: Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

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Wildfires plunge vineyard workers, owners into same struggle

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety. As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their homes. The owner of an elite golf resort abandoned his home to try to save his golf course. The deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California … Read the referenced story here: Wildfires…

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Elderly couples in wildfires’ path died in each other’s arms

AP Photo/Eric Risberg Some had just celebrated marriages of half a century or longer. They spent their time volunteering and playing with grandchildren. A few had lived through both world wars. The vast majority of the 42 people killed in the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California were in their 70s and 80s. Several were couples who died together, including childhood sweethearts who had grown old together. A 95-year-old man and his 75-year-old wife spent their final moments huddled in the wine cellar of their … Read the referenced story here:…

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‘Praying to have business’: Workers hit hard by wildfires

AP Photo/Eric Risberg SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Outside one of the first shops to reopen for business on an empty central square in California wine country, clerk Rhiannon Lorenzini swept the sidewalks as the sky cleared of ash more than a week after the state’s deadliest group of wildfires ignited. In a wine region that normally draws more annual visitors than Disney World, Lorenzini waved to some of the few passers-by: firefighters in firetrucks rolling through Sonoma’s normally thronged 19th-century plaza. The blazes have … Read the referenced story here: ‘Praying…

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Hopes and plans destroyed overnight by deadly wildfires

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — It was just another Sunday night. Sure, the wind was kicking up, but for hundreds of thousands of people in California’s wine country, their minds were on the week ahead: school and homework, jobs and email, dinner plans and movie nights. Overnight, those winds brought flames, devastation and changes to countless lives. Some permanent, others temporary. So many busy lives have now slipped off track, grossly interrupted by a weeklong complex of historically destructive wildfires that … Read the referenced story here: Hopes…

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