River Rock Casino back on track after North Bay firesMichael Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle · November 7, 2017 at 11:10 pmIt’s been about a month since the Pocket Fire burned to within a quarter mile of River Rock Casino, which led to its weeklong closure from Oct. 10-17. So on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, I drove the back roads of the Alexander Valley, past grapevines turning red, to see how the casino was doing.River Rock, 4 miles east of Geyserville on Highway 128, appeared to have gotten back to normal. Owned and operated by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, the gaming area was busy, with slots dinging away.The only change was that the casino’s display of priceless baskets woven by ancestral tribal members was absent. When the fire approached River Rock, the baskets were moved to the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, a casino official said. They remain off-site.River Rock’s outdoor deck offers views of the vineyards and hillsides — though the fire came close to the casino, the nearby burn areas are obscured by a ridge so the surrounding landscape appears unscathed.