Texas native describes California wildfire devastation

- Nearly 200,000 acres have been scorched in California and thousands of homes have been destroyed as wildfires continue to rage.

Winemaker Adam Lee was born in Austin and used to live in Dallas. He shared video of the devastation near his winery called Siduri in Santa Rosa, Calif.

“The winery is in an industrial area and it is surrounded by devastation. I don’t know how the winery itself actually survived. There were particularly to the west of us blocks and blocks of neighborhoods that were destroyed by the fire,” he said.

The skies over Napa Valley and Sonoma look almost apocalyptic with at least 22 different wildfires burning. Lee said all around his winery businesses have been destroyed. Even his kids’ school was severely damaged.

The town he lives in has been a little more fortunate because it is somewhat between two big fires.

“We have stuff packed up at the house ready to go in case we need to leave. We’ve got a family that’s staying with us that may have lost their home. We don’t know if they did or didn’t. They’re not allowed in yet to see if their home is still standing or not,” he said.

Lee said many of his other friends and children’s friends already know that they’ve lost their homes.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” he said. “I never imagined that you would have whole neighborhoods gone.”

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