North Bay Fires Taking a Financial Toll on Wine, Hospitality Industries

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Smoke continues to rise from the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country on October 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Though this week so far has brought some good news regarding the containment of the North Bay fires, business is far from usual. Early estimates put the region's loss of economic output at $200 million, which is expected to rise. In this segment we'll look at how the fires are affecting the region's wine and tourism industries, which account for about one in four jobs in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.

Guests:
Chris Canning, mayor, Calistoga
Karissa Kruse, president, Sonoma County Winegrowers
Jill Techel, mayor, Napa
Farida Jhabvala Romero, reporter, KQED News
Christopher Thornberg, founding partner, Beacon Economics

More Information:
More of KQED's wildfire coverage at kqed.org/wildfires
VisitNapaValley.org
SonomaCounty.com

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