County Executive Office

Tran 2014

Kristi Jourdan
Public Information Officer
County Executive Office
1195 Third Street

Napa, CA 94559

Minh C. Tran
County Executive Office

Napa County working to minimize impact forecasted rains will have on burn areas

Erosion control and watershed protection efforts in place

 NAPA – Forecasted weekend rains present new challenges to Napa County’s ongoing wildfire recovery efforts with concerns about the loss of vegetation that normally covers the hillsides, and the resulting debris and ash movement in local watersheds.


About 1-2 inches of slow and steady rain are expected to impact the Napa Valley over several days, starting tomorrow. Because this is the first rain since the fires, much of the runoff will likely soak into the ground. Although the landscape will get wet, large flows of debris and ash are not expected. Small amounts of ash may wash into local streams and reservoirs but are unlikely to have significant health impacts.

While forecasted rains are not expected to create erosion concerns, Napa County is actively working to prepare for future storms as we move into the winter months. Actions taken include:

Working closely with the Resource Conservation Division (RCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and CalFire to evaluate all affected watersheds and to identify areas where interventions to minimize erosion can be implemented.

Coordinating with the Cities of Calistoga and Napa and Town of Yountville to minimize potential impacts of debris and erosion on local drinking supplies.

Preparing County roads for future rains by removing dead and dangerous trees, clearing drainage areas and clearing debris along the roadways.

Improving public safety by replacing road signs, guard rails and retaining walls and stabilizing a small landslide on upper Redwood Road.

Patrolling County roads to look for areas of concern and to address anything that flows onto and blocks public roadways. 



Residents are advised to:

Drive with caution. Roads have changed due to the fires and extra vigilance is needed given the ongoing restoration work.

Use sandbags, provided free of charge by Napa County, to help control sediment and erosion on your property. A list of sandbag locations can be found at countyofnapa.org/NapaFireComplexErosionControl/.

Install proper erosion control interventions as there is time to plan before grounds become saturated.  Technical assistance and information is available at countyofnapa.org  http://naparcd.org/post-fire-resources-for-managing-your-land/   or by calling Brian Bordona, supervising planner, at (707) 259-5935.

The Board of Supervisors and staff of Napa County are dedicated to preserving and sustaining Napa County for present and future generations as a community with generous open space, a thriving agricultural industry and a quality human and natural environment.


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