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Old Fire burning in Napa Valley forces evacuations, scorches over 500 acres as Napa County residents remember horrific 2017 blaze

NAPA, California – Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire that forced evacuations and threatened structures in Napa County on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was first reported at 2300 Old Soda Springs Road at 4:01 p.m.

The fire currently amounts to 570 acres with a 5% limit, according to CAL FIRE. Officials say crews will work through the night to contain and control it.

“The topography is not good for us, as we are dealing with sloping areas and it was a challenge to get to some of these remote areas,” said CAL FIRE spokesman Erick Hernandez.

According to the Fire Department, the causes of the fire are currently being investigated.

Jacob Schwarz lives in the area and believes he saw the fire start. He said he was sitting outside as the wind began to blow.

“We heard a crack and then a spark that just flew inside looks like a telephone box or electrical box,” Schwarz said.

Schwarz says a few moments later, he noticed flames spreading from that location.

But this is not the first fire burning in this area. Both firefighters and residents say it is on the same spot as the Atlanta Fire in 2017. This fire, which was part of the Northern California storm, burned tens of thousands of acres and lasted for weeks.

An experience, says Tom Bird, a resident of the area, that prompted him and his neighbors to take extra steps to help reduce the threat of future fires.

“Everyone I know around here, from the ’17 fire, is working hard enough to clear the vegetation, to clean the brush, but some facts you just can’t predict,” Bird said.

But even when that fire continues to burn just a few feet from Bird’s house, he says he’s not worried. Instead, by placing his trust in the people who fight it head-on.

“We know that the hardworking men and women at CAL FIRE will keep these fires under control,” he said.

Evacuations were ordered across Soda Canyon Road, CAL FIRE said. The Silverado Trail is closed to the public.

An evacuation center has been set up at Crosswalk Community Church in Napa, at 2590 First Street.

Napa County officials say those in need of food, water or charging stations are welcome to use Napa County’s evacuation center. Accommodation may be announced overnight if needed.

The Napa Community Animal Welfare Team has activated its hotline to request services. You can call (707) 732-1555 for a request with animal services. An animal shelter has been set up at 11 Cent El Boulevard in the Valley Brook Equestrian Center.

There are currently no threats to Napa City, according to fire officials. They ask the public to avoid the area.

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Old Fire burning in Napa Valley forces evacuations, scorches over 500 acres as Napa County residents remember horrific 2017 blaze Source link Old Fire burning in Napa Valley forces evacuations, scorches over 500 acres as Napa County residents remember horrific 2017 blaze

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