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Canyon Fire In Napa County Triggers Evacuations Near Lake Berryeesa

LAKE BERRYESSA (CBS SF) -- A rapidly spreading wildfire near Lake Berryessa has forced the evacuation of homes near Highway 128 in Napa County, authorities said.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Suzie Blankenship said the Canyon Fire was reported at 12:57 p.m. in the 3900 block of Sage Canyon Road in Capell Valley near Lake Berryessa Estates.

As of 4:40 p.m. Friday, the fire had grown to 100 acres and was only 10 percent contained.

Mandatory evacuations were in effect along Highway 128 from the Turtle Rock Bar & Cafe to Sommerton Vineyards, while an evacuation advisory was issued between Turtle Rock and Capell Valley Crest. Horses were also reportedly being evacuated from the R-Ranch recreation development on Capell Valley Road.

Highway 128 was closed between Capell Valley Crest and Sommerton.

The Napa County Sheriff's Department reported that Sage Canyon Road at Lower Chiles Valley Road, Hwy 128 at Moskowite Corners & Knoxville Road at Spanish Flat had all been closed by the fire.

More than 150 firefighters aided by air tankers and helicopters were fighting the blaze.

Blankenship said the fire in steep, rocky terrain with heavy brush was threatening structures in the area.


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