#ButtsFire: Blaze Grows to 3,200 Acres Overnight; Hundreds Evacuated; 280 Structures In Its Path

Butts Canyon Fire, Napa County. Photo credit: Vallejo Firefighters @VallejoFire/Twitter.
Butts Canyon Fire, Napa County. Photo credit: Vallejo Firefighters @VallejoFire/Twitter.
Firefighters today are still working to put out a vegetation fire in Butts Canyon just west of Lake Berryessa in Napa County that rapidly spread to 3,200 acres overnight and has led to the evacuation of hundreds of homes, Cal Fire officials said.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said the fire was 30 percent contained as of 6:30 a.m. today and that fire crews built containment lines through the night. As of this morning, 280 structures are threatened by the fire and 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, according to Cal Fire.

Evacuations are in effect for residents in 180 homes of the Berryessa Estates subdivision as well as those on Snell Valley Road to the Lake County line, Cal Fire spokeswoman Stacie McCambridge said Tuesday evening.

Evacuees are going to Pope Valley School in Pope Valley and Middletown High School in Lake County, McCambridge said. At least five structures have been damaged since the fire was reported at 12:08 p.m. Tuesday in the 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road, McCambridge said.

Butts Valley, Snell Valley and Aetna Springs roads are closed. The fire jumped Butts Canyon and Snell Valley roads, McCambridge said.

Firefighters from around the area are assisting, including those from Napa, St. Helena and the Lake County and Napa County fire departments.

The California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff's Office also responded.

Previous and related coverage:

Red Cross Assists with Shelter for Napa Fire Victims & How To Check on Friends & Family.

UPDATE: Napa's #ButtsFire Continues To Burn Into Night; Last Reported at 2,700 Acres.

UPDATE: Up From 2,500 to 2,700 ACRES and 30% Contained, Cal Fire Reports on Pope Valley Blaze.

UPDATE on Butts Canyon Road Fire in Pope Valley.

Vegetation Fire Reported on Butts Canyon Road.

--Bay City News

Susan C. Schena July 03, 2014 at 01:57 AM


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