Thursday, October 12, 2017

USA, California: Wildfires Continue to Devastate Geothermal Energy Community

Wildfires pushing north toward The Geysers (The Press Democrat)

(c. 9:30 am on October 12) In addition to the blazes assaulting Sonoma County’s largest city and the Sonoma Valley, as well as other areas in Napa and Mendocino counties, the smaller Pocket fire was burning in the Mayacamas Mountains east of Geyserville.

The fire, which initially meandered slowly toward the Geysers and Calpine’s geothermal power plants, shifted with the wind. By Wednesday afternoon, fire had charred about 4,000 acres and was uncontained, fueled by strong northerly winds blowing a thick plume of smoke down the valley. As planes and helicopters circled overhead, repeatedly dropping loads of flame retardant and water, the flames jumped the containment lines, moving south toward Moody Lane and Highway 128, Geyserville Fire reported on Facebook.

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