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Wildfire Burning in Napa County Continues to Threaten Homes

Wildfire Burning in Napa County Continues to Threaten Homes

UPDATE: 

Good news on the Butts fire burning in Napa County. Fire crews are getting a handle on it, and Cal Fire is allowing residents to return to their homes and is lifting most road closures.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said:

"It's grown now to 4,300 acres. It continues to be a very stubborn fire, though we have over a thousand firefighters batlling it, the dry conditions continue to allow this fire to grow very quickly," he said. 

The fire has burned 4,300 acres and is 30 percent contained. Two homes were lost in the blaze. 

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A wildfire in rural Northern California's Napa County damaged two homes and forced the evacuation of 200 others, but so far is not posing a threat to the vineyards that are the region's claim to fame.

The fire in Pope Valley grew to nearly six square miles Wednesday, a day after it broke out.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says it damaged nine structures including two homes and threatened hundreds more.

Fire activity increased about noon Wednesday as temperatures again soared into the 90s and the blaze continued burning northeast into neighboring Lake County. The blaze is 30 percent contained.

The Butts Fire broke out Monday at about noon in Pope Valley and has since crossed into Lake County. 

"This is a very fast moving wildfire, with the dry conditions that you would be able to burn a lot of acres and obviously destroy several structures in those initial stages," Berlant said. 

An evacuation center at Middletown High School in Lake County has been set up for residents.

The official cause of the blaze is  under investigation, but some witnesses blame a crew cutting weeds with a metal blade near Aetna Springs Winery around noon Tuesday.  Evacuations remain in effect.

Stay tuned to NewsRadio KFBK and KFBK.com for updates on this developing story. 

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

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