UP unscathed by northern California wildfires; Wine Train closed due to smoke

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California's Napa Valley Wine Train, shown above, is annulled until further notice because of nearby wildfires.
Steven M. Welch
NAPA, Calif. — Wildfires raging through northern California this week have left the region’s railroads relatively unscathed — so far.

As of Wednesday morning, nearly two dozen major fires torched 170,000 acres across the state, with the worst being north of San Francisco in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Yuba counties, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The fires have destroyed thousands of homes and buildings and killed at least 17 people.

Union Pacific spokesperson Justin Jacobs tells Trains News Wire that the Class I railroad has not been directly affected by the fires, but that officials are keeping a close eye on the situation. BNSF Railway spokesperson Lena Kent says that the railroad, which operates trains on UP trackage through the area, has reduced train speeds due to visibility in some areas.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, which provides commuter rail service in Marin and Sonoma counties, is operating on a limited schedule from the Santa Rosa, Calif., station to San Rafael, Calif. It is offering free rides to assist those in the area affected by the fire. Due to power outages and in the northern portion of Santa Rosa resulting from extreme fire conditions in the area, the Sonoma County Airport and Santa Rosa North stations are currently closed, according to the commuter operator. Click here for the latest schedule information.

The Napa Valley Wine Train has also closed this week due to extreme fire conditions and hazardous smoke in the area. Wine train representative Jane Chung tells Trains News Wire that operations have been suspended until further notice.

“The health and safety of our staff and guests is our utmost concern,” Chung says.

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