**BAAQMD permits open burning beginning October 1, however, CALFIRE can extend burning restrictions beyond this date. Best practices encourage waiting until after harvest and the rainy season to preserve local air quality and protect grapes.**
NVG's Low-Smoke Burning Technique & Other Alternatives
Permitted burn season runs from October through April. One of the easiest and most cost-effective alternatives to smoky burns for growers to implement is NVG’s Low-Smoke Ag Burning Technique. Use NVG's step-by-step manual available in English and Spanish to reduce black carbon, preserve air quality, and conduct virtually smoke-free burns!
Burning is an essential practice with no alternative when it comes to preventing the spread of vine pests and diseases. In addition to NVG's Low-Smoke Burning Technique, the use of fire box burners can also deliver a clean burn. For vines not compromised due to pest and disease issues, other alternative methods include chipping and grinding.
NVG's Vine Disposal & Open Burning Resources
NVG’s Low-Smoke Ag Burning Manuals and Task Force Webpage
Open Burning & Vine Disposal Requirements & Best Practices
Alternatives to Traditional Agricultural Biomass Burning in Napa Valley (2018), Daniela Bazán, Master of Science in Environmental Management
Cleaner Burns Archives - Napa Communities Firewise Foundation (napafirewise.org)
Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Burn Permit Information
BAAQMD'S 'Spare the Air' Status
Learn about BAAQMD’s Free Chipping Services
New Wildfire Risk Mapping and Report Software Available for Napa County
The Wildfire Fuel Mapper helps landowners and managers locate and understand fire hazards on their land, providing users with a set of tools and resources to reduce risk. It can also be used by professionals to support their clients in planning vegetation management projects.
The Wildfire Fuel Mapper helps landowners and managers:
Napa County Awarded $37.5 million for Wildfire Prevention
Napa County has been awarded $37.5 million for wildfire prevention, including reducing hazardous fuels and supporting defensible space efforts in the community. NVG provided letters of support for Firewise and the County for this funding.
Ag Pass Trainings Available
As a reminder, the Napa County Ag Pass Program provides official protocols during disasters to ensure worker safety and continuity of vineyard operations that prevent economic loss. In support of a safe, viable program, the Napa County Ag Commissioner's office posted recorded trainings on their department's Ag Pass webpage. The page offers videos and resources by UC (Livestock) and the Sheriff in both English and Spanish.
To access the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Wildfire Resources Library, visit our website. There you can find information on preparedness, emergency steps, recovery, and more. Resources are available in English and Spanish.
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) hosted their 16th annual Harvest STOMP fundraiser this past Saturday night, August 26, at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, CA. 2023 Auction Chairs, the Duncan Family of Silver Oak, brought together guests from generations old and new, that share a passion for the preservation of local agriculture and providing life-changing opportunities for Napa’s vineyard workforce. With the support of a dedicated community of grape growers, vineyard managers, winery owners, wine lovers, and vineyard professionals, Saturday’s event was celebrated as a revival of sorts, in which supporters re-committed to building a strong, bright future for a Napa Valley rooted in agriculture.
“The energy at Saturday’s event was beyond compare,” said Nate Weis, Silver Oak Cellar’s VP of Winegrowing. “It was rewarding to be among people that care so deeply about this community and the future of the Napa Valley.”
This year’s auction night celebrated generational investment in the local wine and vineyard industry, and all the hard-working families already building their own legacy for Napa Valley agriculture. To honor this year’s message, family-run wineries poured their wines alongside culinary experiences, like the ever-popular Hog Island Oyster Co. oyster bar.
“To gather a community with a shared passion for supporting Napa Valley agriculture is what makes Harvest STOMP so special,” said Sonya DeLuca, interim Executive Director of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, “We gather to raise funds in honor of those that made this precious place possible, and for all those that work every day to protect its future.”
Another highlight of the evening was the annual fund-a-need, which raises critical donations for the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation. The funds raised go directly to supporting the viability of Napa Valley agriculture, advocacy for the grape-growing community, and education and professional development for Napa Valley farmworkers. The generosity from supporters shined bright as paddles raised high under the auction night lights.
John Anthony Vineyards was the 2023 Harvest STOMP Presenting Partner; Mechanics Bank committed as the premier partner; Nordby Construction provided their team for on-site building; Sunbelt Rentals provided equipment; Allied Propane provided event fuel; Green Valley Tractor provided RTVs to support setup; Tre Posti served a family-style, coursed dinner; Regusci Ranch, Yount Mill Vineyards, and Tomgirl Flowers provided farm-fresh zinnias, dahlias, cosmos, sunflowers, and foraged items for floral arrangements; Napa Valley Luxury Restrooms provided elevated, air-conditioned, restrooms; Napa Printing, Design Studio and Mail Center printed auction materials and signage; Silicon Valley Bank sponsored the annual STOMP Store, which featured commemorative t-shirts, sweatpants, Lazy Susans, and hats; St. Helena Hospital Foundation provided guest hydration stations; wine was provided by Napa Valley Grapegrowers members; reception appetizers were provided by Hog Island Oysters, Far Niente, Groth Vineyards and Winery, Rosie Hospitality, Brix, Oakville Grocery, and Long Meadow Ranch; guests kicked up their heels to musical guests, the David Luning Band and the Lucky Devils Band; and Beau Wine Tours provided shuttles and complimentary safe rides home.
Save-the-date, the 17th annual Harvest STOMP will be hosted on Saturday, August 24, 2024. Reservations for the annual event are highly limited and sell out quickly. More information will be released in the coming months.