As of Thursday morning, containment figures for the Valley Fire rose to 35 percent with 73,700 acres burned.
Lake County winegrape growers and wineries are committed to the highest quality in fruit and wine. Many Lake County winegrape growers have been testing their fruit over the past few days. Results so far have shown no elevated levels of guaiacol and 4-methylguaiacol which correlate to smoke flavors.
Westerly winds have moved much of the smoke away from vineyard acreage. The cool 50F to 60F degree temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday combined with light rain on Wednesday kept the fruit in sound condition.
To help with fire relief efforts, donate online at Facebook/LakeCountyRising or #LakeCountyRising on Twitter. Checks payable to Lake County Wine Alliance, memo Lake County Fire Relief Fund can be mailed to Lake County Wine Alliance, P.O. Box 530 Kelseyville, CA 95541.
For a complete fire update, evacuation orders, and road closures, go online to CalFIRE Incident Information at: http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents or call the Valley Fire information center at (707) 967-4207.
Lake County Crush District 2 Winegrape Commission
3865 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451
Lake County Winery Association
P.O. Box 1474, Kelseyville, CA 95451