Downtown Napa: 'We're open for business'

- Napa Valley wants tourists and people elsewhere in the Bay Area to know that things are getting back to normal, and they want and need your business. 

There are plenty of fire trucks and utility trucks throughout the area but there is a more relaxed atmosphere with a return to a sense of normalcy.

Our KTVU crew stopped by Alexis Baking Company on 3rd Street in downtown Napa who said they were open much of last week - but because of evacuations and smoky air - many people stayed home.

Now that the three major fires that had been burning in various parts of Napa are contained, store managers and business owners across town want to get out the message that they're back.

Outside of the downtown area, some of the vineyards in the area have reported damage.

The Napa Valley Vintners Association has heard from about half of its 540 members, and the chairman of the association says about 30 percent of those who've checked in have reported some damage. He says that could mean anything from damage to their sign to more serious devastation.

But he also says most of the grapes in Napa were harvested before the fire, and are already in storage and being processed.

Meanwhile, PG&E reported Tuesday morning that during the first days of the fire 359,000 people in Napa and Sonoma counties lost power. Now, the power is back for 97 percent of those customers with more trucks heading out to restore power to an additional 6,000 customers Wednesday. 

 

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