Los Angeles Times

Napa Valley blaze slows

The wildfire that burned 6,900 acres is 30% contained. Another burns near South Lake Tahoe.

- By Larry Gordon larry.gordon@latimes.com

Aided by weaker winds and cooling temperatur­es, firefighte­rs reported progress Friday in taming a brush blaze that had ravaged about 6,900 acres northeast of wine country in Northern California’s Napa Valley.

The Wragg fire, named after a canyon in the area 15 miles from Napa, was about 30% contained by Friday night, officials said. More than 1,900 firefighte­rs from around the state had joined the effort, aided by 160 engines and 16 helicopter­s making water drops on the rugged terrain, they said.

The partial containmen­t of the fire off Highway 128 near the southern end of Lake Berryessa was made easier by the end of the hot gusts that had bolstered the blaze since it ignited Wednesday, according to Robbie Richard, a spokesman for the San Marcos Fire Department who was handling communicat­ions for the Wragg fire.

With the weather generally cooling and humidity rising, “it’s great conditions to stop the fire,” he said.

No injuries were reported and no fire equipment was damaged, Richard said. Just one tent-trailer and an outbuildin­g were destroyed. The area is remote, with several large properties for horses and cattle.

Most of the residents who were evacuated from nearby homes have been allowed to return, although two local streets remained closed, Richard said.

Officials initially said the fire was sparked by a vehicle collision. The exact cause remains under investigat­ion, but the fire’s swift spread underscore­d how dry the brushland has become.

Meanwhile, crews have partially surrounded a 100acre fire in heavy timber near South Lake Tahoe and said they were hopeful that an adjacent portion of Highway 50 linking Sacramento and Reno, Nev., soon would be reopened. That blaze erupted Thursday.

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Rich Pedroncell­i
Associated Press ?? NEAR SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, a firefighte­r waters down a hot spot in the Kyburz fire. The blaze, in heavy timber along steep canyon walls, shut down a portion of Highway 50 linking Sacramento and Reno, Nev.
Photograph­s by Rich Pedroncell­i Associated Press NEAR SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, a firefighte­r waters down a hot spot in the Kyburz fire. The blaze, in heavy timber along steep canyon walls, shut down a portion of Highway 50 linking Sacramento and Reno, Nev.
 ??  ?? A FIRE IN HEAVY TIMBER near Kyburz, southwest of South Lake Tahoe, gets a water drop.
A FIRE IN HEAVY TIMBER near Kyburz, southwest of South Lake Tahoe, gets a water drop.

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