Wildfire rages in Napa County

A 70,000-acre wildfire is currently blazing through the north eastern corner of Napa County, as well as Yolo and Lake Counties, less than a year after the wine region suffered one of the worst wildfires in northern California’s history.

The blaze began in in dry vegetation in Yolo County, east of Napa, on Sunday and was currently only 15% contained on Tuesday evening.

According to the California Fire Department, the blaze is the largest wildland fire in California this year and is currently threatening nearly 1,000 structures.

The number of fire fighters working to contain the blaze nearly doubled yesterday to 2,162 personnel. Officials hope that full control of the wind-driven wildfire, which measures nearly 18 miles long and is shaped like a fern leaf, could be achieved by 10 July.

Hundreds of residents on the fire’s southern edge have been told that they may have to evacuate their homes if the blaze spreads.

A small number of rural residents on the fire’s north end were ordered to evacuate their homes late last night due to the threat of the fire.

At the moment no vineyards are thought to have been damaged in the fire.

Last October California suffered 10 days of intense wildfires that claimed 41 lives and destroyed thousands of homes.

The wildfires, which began on 9 October, swept throughout northern California by high winds and were most damaging in the Atlas Peak-Stag’s Leap area near Yountville, Sonoma County, between Kenwood and Santa Rosa, and in the mountains north and west of Calistoga.

Among the wineries severely affected by the blaze were Signorello in Napa, Paradise Ridge in Sonoma, and Paras Vineyards in Mount Veeder.

2 Responses to “Wildfire rages in Napa County”

  1. Lisa says:

    This is horrible reporting, The fires are in Yolo and Lake County. I am appalled at that just to get people to read your article you have to make up fake news. I live in Napa and the air is clear here.

  2. Shannon Lawrence says:

    Your headline is misleading and it does a disservice to your readers. As a resident of the Napa Valley’s wine country, I can tell you first hand the fire of which you write is not “rag[ing] through Napa County.” It is burning along the FAR NORTH EASTERN EDGE OF NAPA COUNTY with a large lake and a mountain range in-between the fire and Napa Valley. Your readers depend on you to provide accurate information about our industry. I know it’s an exciting headline, but PLEASE research the story more thoroughly before misleading folks about what’s happening in Napa’s wine country. Current fire data (and a map) is available here: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2101 Thank you.

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