The fire ravaging parts of California wine country threatens the region’s $1 billion agriculture industry

Business Insider | 10/11/2017 | Leanna Garfield
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More than a dozen wildfires are sweeping across Northern California's wine country.

The fires in Napa and Sonoma counties have killed at least 10 people and destroyed more than 1,500 homes and businesses, the Los Angeles Times reported. More than 100 people have reportedly checked into local hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues, like burns, smoke inhalation, and shortness of breath, according to CNN.

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The disaster has burned more than 119,000 acres, including some the area's scenic farms, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Many ranchers and farmers — along with their dairy cows, chickens, sheep, and goats — have evacuated or are preparing to leave due to the fires.

The effects on the local agriculture industry could be catastrophic.

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According to the 2016 Sonoma County Crop Report, the value of the county's agriculture came close to $900 million last year, with wine grapes accounting for more than half of that total. Livestock and poultry accounted for $178 million — Sonoma County farms house 30,000 dairy cows and 35,000...
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