Containment Expected for Fire Threatening Napa Valley

Containment Expected for Fire Threatening Napa Valley

11 October 2008

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USA — Hundreds of firefighters were battling a fast-growing wildfire Saturday that was threatening homes and wineries in the Napa Valley.

Fire officials said the blaze had burned 300 acres in the rugged hills just outside the wine country town of St. Helena. Officials expected the fire to be fully contained on Sunday. More than 1,500 firefighters were working to contain the blaze.

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Nancy Carniglia, said the fire had destroyed at least two structures and threatened 200 homes and several wineries.

About 100 residents left their homes under voluntary evacuation orders Friday night, and an evacuation center had been set up at St. Helena High School.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

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