Crews fighting 2,700-acre wildfire in Napa County

POPE VALLEY - Crews are battling a wildfire in rural Napa County that has quickly grown to 2,700 acres and prompted mandatory evacuations.

Cal Fire spokesperson Alicia Amaro says the fast-moving blaze, called the Butts Fire, began shortly before noon Tuesday off of Butts Canyon Road in Pope Valley, northwest of Lake Berryessa. By 2 p.m., it had burned 200 acres. Around 4:45 p.m., the fire had burned 800 acres. Nearly an hour later, the fire consumed 1,000 acres, then quickly grew to 2,500 acres. Around 8:45 p.m., the fire grew another 200 acres.

The fire is 30 percent contained.

With windy and dry conditions, the fire has the potential to grow overnight. During the day, Cal Fire and crews from Napa, Lake and Solano counties spent the day working in 90-degree weather.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for residents from the west side of 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road to north of Snell Valley Road. The Berryessa Estates are also under mandatory evacuations. An evacuation center was set up at Pope Valley School.

Cal Fire official Stacie McCambridge said nearly 200 homes are threatened by the fire. Five structures have already been damaged, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they were homes or other buildings.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


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