Frustrated Napa Wine Growers Want More Fire Protection

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A firefighter takes a break from battling the Glass Fire on October 01, 2020 in Calistoga, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After wildfires destroyed more than 30 wine properties in the last year alone, Napa County’s wine industry is asking for more  firefighting resources and is even proposing that the county investigate forming its own fire department.  Unlike other rural counties with few resources, Napa can afford additional firefighting helicopters and used fire trucks.  We’ll hear how a community scarred by years of wildfire devastation wants to change how it fights wildfire and what that means for ensuring access to high-stakes emergency resources for all.


Alfredo Pedroza, board of supervisors chairperson; supervisor, Napa County

Ken Pimlott, former chief, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Rick Jones, owner, Jones Family Vineyards