In fire zone, farmers look to the future

Jim Regusci's fight to keep the Atlas Fire from taking everything began with a 10 p.m. phone call. His Regusci Winery, along Silverado Trail in Napa County, had hosted a large event Oct. 8, and the last of the guests had just left.


"We drove out, took a look, and it was coming pretty quickly," Regusci said. "Within an hour and a half, fire was here."


In the meantime, Regusci got on the phone, arranging for bulldozers and people to fight off the flames. The dozers cut as many firebreaks as they could within an hour, and fire hoses were trained on the main buildings. Regusci's children and son-in-law showed up, as did six or eight employees.


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