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Wildfire forces evacuations in remote part of Napa County

California Wildfire

Kelseyville firefighters prepare to pull back from the fire on Butts Canyon Road as flames jump the road Tuesday outside Middletown, at the border between Lake and Napa counties. By early evening, 140 homes were evacuated and 2,500 acres were burned. AP photo

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From page A2 | July 02, 2014 |

POPE VALLEY (AP) — A wildfire in rural Northern California that has forced the evacuation of 200 homes has grown to 5 square miles, though officials say crews aided by better weather made progress as they worked to control the flames overnight.

State fire Deputy Chief Gabrielle Avina said the blaze in the Pope Valley area of Napa County had burned 3,200 acres as of Wednesday morning, an additional 500 acres from the previous night.

It remained 30 percent contained. Avina said crews, however, were aided by higher humidity and lighter winds. They were expecting those conditions to hold through the day.

State fire spokeswoman Stacie McCambridge said the blaze began shortly before noon Tuesday in the Pope Valley area of Napa County. McCambridge says several residents living in two communities have been evacuated because nearly 200 homes are threatened.

State firefighters and crews from Napa, Lake and Solano counties spent the day working in 90-degree weather as they worked to contain the fire.

The fire has damaged one home and four outbuildings. In addition to the 200 mandatory evacuations, Avina says another 180 homes are threatened.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire hasn’t been found.

In San Jose, meanwhile, authorities say two firefighters have been injured battling a brush fire that has burned 125 acres in extreme heat and brought a handful of evacuation.

Fire Capt. Cleo Doss said the firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat-related issues while fighting the blaze that broke out on a golf course Monday afternoon near U.S. 101 and Highway 85.

Firefighters were able to save several upscale homes that were briefly under threat.

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