Clayton Fire dashes dream of Tuscany in Lake County

Clayton Fire dashes dream of Tuscany in Lake County

Matt Swinford tried to sleep Saturday night, but he felt nervous as the smell of smoke from a nearby wildfire pierced his nose. Hours later, Swinford and his cat fled the vast Clayton Fire that threatened his cottage on the grounds of Terrill Cellars, a Lake County winery where he pours wine for a living. “I had my fingers crossed,” said Swinford, 35. “We’d gone through this before, like last year, and didn’t get hit. I moved up here last year during the Rocky Fire. I knew what I was getting into when I moved up here. I knew the risk.”

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