VINE TRAIL Fire Update


by Philip Sales

The wildland fire season has come upon us early this year. In 2017 we saw a steep drop in VINE TRAIL users because of smoke from the Tubbs Fire. In August and September this year, with the smoke from LNU Lightning Complex fire and now the Glass Fire, many people are staying inside and avoid exercising in smoke laden air.

The fire season is also disruptive to many of our public agency partners who are working overtime dealing with the impacts. Their notable efforts to keep us safe include:

  • NVTA VINE Transit drivers and busses assisting with evacuations
  • Napa County Sheriff’s Office and CHP enforcing evacuations and road closures
  • California Department of Forestry leading the fire fight
  • Napa County Public Works staff assessing damage to roads and infrastructure
  • Calistoga and St Helena elected officials and staff, once again rising to meet what seems like annual challenges
  • Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District dealing with the aftermath of fires at Lake Berryessa and Bothe Napa Valley State Park
  • The many mutual aid fire agencies and firefighters from other parts of California and other states
  • And last, but not least, the leadership of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, and our State and Federal elected officials


There are many ways to support those in need at this time including financial donations to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.

When it is safe to go out and commute or simply enjoy a walk or ride on the VINE TRAIL, please remember to thank the public employees you see.

We look forward to seeing you out there soon!