October 24, 2017
6:00 A.M. PST

Mont La Salle, as well as the adjacent Hess Winery, have begun the process of transitioning their properties into recovery mode.  Final recovery and reopening of Mont La Salle facilities will depend on safe access to the property, restoration of utilities and water supplies, and clean-up of any unhealthy or unsafe conditions for residents and staff.

Access: The area evacuation order remains in effect.  Redwood Road at the Mt. Veeder junction remains closed except by permit-holding essential personnel.  The Road may be opened to residents by the end of this week.

Utilities and water supply: PG&E has restored city utilities service to the property.  With water pumps once again working, the property’s water supply is being replenished.

Clean-up: During the fires, Mont La Salle was exposed to considerable amounts of smoke and ash.  On October 23, a fire restoration company toured the facilities to determine the clean-up and repair measures needed for safe living and working.  Restoration operations may begin as early as October 26.  There is no word yet on how long this will take.

While fire crews are still in the area monitoring for hot spots and flare-ups. the two closest fires — the Nunns Fire and Atlas Fire — are now 90% and 95% contained respectively.  See new interactive map of fire/burn area.

Justin-Siena High School students returned to class on Monday, October 23.  The campus is 100% operational and doing well.

Thank you very much and please continue to keep our Napa-Sonoma-Solano area Brothers and Partners, as well as all who have been affected by the California fires, in your thoughts and prayers.  Live Jesus in our hearts forever.


The San Francisco New Orleans District Provincialate, Mont La Salle, was undamaged as of the afternoon of October 15, as fire crews battled nearby fires that have threatened the area for most of the past week.

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The Mont La Salle bell tower against a smoke-tinged sky, October 9.  Photo Br. James Joost.

This property’s condition was verified by the county supervisor to Mont La Salle maintenance director Al Sanchez.  See October 14 aerial view of Mont La Salle – Hess from Twitter SkyIMD.

The buildings remain evacuated and all offices are closed until further notice.  Office directors and managers are in contact with their colleagues and are handling essential duties.

Currently, fire crews are using Mont La Salle as a basecamp for operations in the Mont La Salle area.  They are concentrating on the Nuns Fire just to the north, which continues to pose a significant threat.  The main point of contact is Dry Creek Road in the Mount Veeder area northeast of Mont La Salle.  Containment is at about 25%.  Area weather forecasts indicate warm temperatures with calmer winds early this week, with cooler temperatures and a chance of rain later in the week.

The Brothers of Mont La Salle’s Provincialate and Holy Family Communities, which evacuated from the property on October 10, continue to stay with the Brothers’ communities in Concord, Moraga, Berkeley, and San Francisco.  All are reported to be doing well.

Area Partners who work at Mont La Salle also are reported to be safe and doing well.  Some had to temporarily evacuate their homes, but have since returned.  Wide-spread neighborhood power and communications outages are also gradually being repaired.

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Mont La Salle’s Mary Jane Hagan and Br. Mark Murphy (standing) greet first responders at “Feed the Firsts” at Justin-Siena HS.  Photo Br. James Joost.

Napa’s Justin-Siena High School, which has been closed for this past week, plans to reopen this coming week, with faculty-staff reporting on October 17 and students returning on October 18.  This according to school president Robert Jordan.

On October 15, the school hosted an immensely successful five-hour “Feed the Firsts” community gathering with food and entertainment to thank area first-responders.  Read the story in the Napa Valley Register.

The first reports of fires in the Napa area began to surface the evening of October 8.  Within 24 hours, a total of 14 fires were burning out of control throughout eight Northern California counties.  By October 10, several of the fires had moved close enough to Mont La Salle to warrant evacuation.  The property, as well as that of neighboring Hess Winery, have been closed since then.  There is no word as of yet as to when either facility will be allowed to reopen.  Also, Redwood Road to Mont La Salle and Hess Winery remains closed.

At the same time, in Napa, loss of power and communications, combined with general safety concerns, forced Justin-Siena High School to close for the week.  Its Student Residence occupants were evacuated to nearby Vacaville.  They, with the rest of the student body, will return this coming week to the campus, which now has all of its services restored.

Monitor this site as well as www.facebook.com/SFNODistrict/ for new information as it becomes available.  General information on the NorCal wildfires is available online through local Bay Area news outlets.

Please continue to keep our Napa-Sonoma-Solano area Brothers and Partners, as well as all who are being affected by this disaster, in your thoughts and prayers.  Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

Read the latest updates from the Napa Valley Register.

Track the Northern California fires.