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Firefighters Gaining Control Of Napa County Wildfire

KCBS Radio Morning News
September 10, 2018 - 7:53 am
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UPDATE: The mandatory evacuations for Snell Valley Rd and Berryessa Estates have been lifted, the Napa County sheriff's department said in a statement on Monday. The order closing the west side Berryessa Knoxville Road, however, remains in effect. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Snell Fire burning in northern Napa County grew by only 90 acres overnight and firefighters have increased containment to 30 percent, according to Cal Fire on Monday morning.

The fire, which broke out Saturday afternoon, has burned 2,490 acres of mostly "grassy oak woodlands" southeast of Middletown, Cal Fire's statement said. That's a small increase from Sunday evening when the agency said that 2,400 acres had burned. At the time, only 20 percent of the fire was contained. 

The Napa County Sheriff's Department has issued mandatory evacuations for residents of the west side of Berryessa Knoxville Road from Pope Creek Bridge to Lake-Napa County line. People who live on Snell Valley Road and all roads to Snell Valley and Berryessa Estates were also told to leave their homes.

The Calistoga Fairgrounds have been turned into a shelter for residents evacuated from their homes.

There have been no reported injuries or damaged homes, although 180 structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire. 
 
The cause of the fire is under investigation.