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

#ButtsFire in Napa County at 10:30 p.m. July 1. Credit: CAL FIRE PIO Berlant/Twitter @CALFIRE_PIO.
#ButtsFire in Napa County at 10:30 p.m. July 1. Credit: CAL FIRE PIO Berlant/Twitter @CALFIRE_PIO.
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 1, 10:50 p.m. 

Firefighters are working through the night to battle a vegetation fire in Butts Canyon, just west of Lake Berryessa that has rapidly spread to 2,700 acres and led to the evacuation of hundreds of homes in the Pope Valley area, Cal Fire said.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said the fire was 30 percent contained as of 10 p.m. and that fire crews are building containment lines through the night.

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

Evacuees are going to the Pope Valley School in Pope Valley and the Middletown High School in Lake County, McCambridge said.

At least five structures have been damaged since the fire started around 12:08 p.m. today 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 the City of Napa, St. Helena and the Lake County and Napa County fire departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff's Office.

Tony Sarto, a park aide at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, located about 5 miles north of St. Helena and at least 7 miles south of where the 2,700-acre fire is burning, said that from the park he could see smoke billowing up above the hills late this evening.

"It looks like a volcano erupted," Sarto said.

Sarto said he saw a large cloud of smoke pushing up over the hills as he drove to the park from Santa Rosa this afternoon.

Sarto said that while the fire is certainly significant, Bothe-Napa is not in the danger zone and that their operations are not interrupted.

While firefighters are battling the blaze overnight, many campers are spending the night at the Bothe-Napa campgrounds and are even permitted to have campfires in designated areas.

Sarto said that while the park remains on high alert as firefighters work to stop the fire from spreading to more land, the park staff is preparing for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, and therefore no park rangers were scheduled to work until the park reopens at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 1, 9 p.m. from the Twitter feed of Cal Fire:

#ButtsFire [update] in Pope Valley, northwest of Lake Berryessa (Napa County) is now 2,700 acres & 30% contained.

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UPDATE from the Twitter feed of Cal Fire at 5:55 p.m.


#ButtsFire [update] in Pope Valley, northwest of Lake Berryessa (Napa County) is now 2,500 acres & 30% contained.

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UPDATED, Tuesday, July 1, 5:20 p.m.

UPDATE from the Twitter feed of Cal Fire at 5 p.m.:

"The #ButtsFire in Napa County has grown to 800 acres. Ad the fire continues to grow @CAL_FIRE has activated an Incident Management Team."

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UPDATED: Tuesday, Jul 1, 4:30 p.m.

A vegetation fire in the Pope Valley area of Napa County east of Calistoga and St. Helena has rapidly spread to 500 acres and mandatory evacuations of the Berryessa Estates subdivision are in effect, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

Evacuations also are in effect on Snell Valley Road to the Lake County line. The fire was 10 percent contained as of shortly after 3:30 p.m. Evacuees are being directed to Pope Valley School in Pope Valley and Middletown High School in Lake County, Cal Fire spokeswoman Stacie McCambridge said. 

Five structures have been damaged since the fire was reported at 12:08 p.m. in the 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road, McCambridge said. Butts Valley, Snell Valley and Aetna Springs roads are closed. 

The Lake and Napa County fire departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff's Office have also responded to the blaze. 

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UPDATED: Tuesday, July 1, 2:28 p.m.


A 300-acre vegetation fire in the Pope Valley area of Napa County has prompted mandatory evacuations, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said. 

The rapidly burning, uncontained fire east of Calistoga and St. Helena started at 12:08 p.m. and mandatory evacuations have been ordered from the west side of the 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road to north of Snell Valley Road, Cal Fire spokeswoman Karen Stasko said. 

Residents are being asked to go to Pope Valley School. 

Five structures have been threatened but have not been reported as burned, Stasko said at about 2 p.m. 

Butts Canyon Road is closed between Snell Valley and Aetna Springs roads. 

The Lake and Napa County fire departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff's Office have also responded to the blaze.

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[Previous: UPDATE on Butts Canyon Road Fire in Pope Valley.]

Tuesday, July 1, 1:46 p.m.

Cal Fire is fighting a 200-acre vegetation fire in the Pope Valley area of Napa County this afternoon. 

The fire was reported at 12:08 p.m. in the 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road and some residents have been evacuated, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said. 

Butts Canyon Road is closed between Snell Valley and Aetna Springs roads. 

The Lake and Napa County fire departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff's Office have also responded to the blaze. 

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Previous story: Vegetation Fire Reported on Butts Canyon Road at 1:08 p.m.

Notice from the Napa County Sheriff's Office:

AVOID the 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road due to a vegetation fire. People are requested to stay out of the area.

Joann Lavis July 03, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Morning Everyone the acreage on this fire has grown abit its now about 4, 300 ac, and well see what today brings
Joann Lavis July 03, 2014 at 02:16 PM
scanner talk - ffs are going to do a firing operation from the lake back towards berryessa estates, { this will burn our any excess grasses brush aka fuel and will act as a major fuel break for this fire so when this operation is done if the fire heads in this direction like it has the past few days there will be no where for the fire to go ,,it will burn itself out, and this is what the ffs are counting on}
Susan C. Schena July 03, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Joann Lavis, you are wonderful!! Thank you. Here is the latest article if you want to keep posting your updates in the comments. MUCH appreciated! http://napavalley.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/buttsfire-still-growing--to-4300-acres-on-thursday-am
Joann Lavis July 03, 2014 at 02:22 PM
correction from the lake back to butts canyon road,
Joann Lavis July 03, 2014 at 05:13 PM
will do thanks

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