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#ButtsFire: Progress Made, Challenges Still Exist; 70% Contained Saturday A.M.

Credit: Dixon Professional Firefighters Association - IAFF Local 4665 of Facebook July 3.
Credit: Dixon Professional Firefighters Association - IAFF Local 4665 of Facebook July 3.
Difficult terrain and low humidity continue to be a challenge for firefighters battling the Butts Fire in Napa County, yet progress is being made and the fire is 70 percent contained as of Saturday morning, fire officials said today .

According to Cal Fire, flare-ups have been an issue, but are being quickly extinguished.

Firefighting resources have started the demobilization process and are becoming available to support new incidents, fire officials said.

[Another blaze in the region: #MonticelloFire: Blaze Near Dam & Hwy 128 at 1,500 Acres and 25% Contained…] 

According to Cal Fire it's taken the efforts of 1,682 fire personnel, 101 fire engines, 60 fire crews, 10 bulldozers, 9 helicopters, and 4 air tankers to battle the blaze thus far.

The fire broke out in Butts Canyon just after noon Tuesday and quickly spread, reaching 4,300 acres Thursday. Residents were evacuated in surrounding areas, Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson said.

The fire destroyed two homes and seven outbuildings. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

All road closures have been lifted, according to Cal Fire officials.

"With the current weather conditions and elevated fire danger, individuals enjoying the holiday weekend are asked to use extreme caution, 'one less spark- one less wildfire', Cal Fire officials said in a statement.

For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to www.readyforwildfire.org.

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Joann Lavis July 06, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Morning all as of last nite info coming in now from yesterdays actvity- the fire made a major run late thru out the day and fire fighter pilots had a really tough time trying to contain this fire in a box canyon. but sad to say it moved out of there,, the fire also ice capped this is when the fire at the ground gets so hot it creates its own wind and rises up in the air at a certain height and creates ice crystals at the top, you will see a huge huge plume of smoke.and then when the plume collasps and it does watch out as this will created extreme extreme fire behavior everyone on the ground and in the air has to pull back. the fire goes where it wants too and takes out anything in its path. due to that and the terain this is one really hard fire to get under control in just containment wise, fire was still burning to the SW as of yesterday afternoon but has since moved towards the north as of last nite. I am on scanner now waiting on updates from the command post on this fire. fire fighters are dealing very steep terrain, . { more info as i get it },
Rock Fan July 06, 2014 at 01:08 PM
Thank you , appreciate the info . You just don't know how people can be so stupid to toss cigarettes out of cars or let fireworks get away from them . We don't know what caused this one , but it's very bad .Just lucky more people weren't burned out . doesn't look like it was lightning , so probably some idiot is to blame . I hope they're proud of themselves . 1682 fire personnel .Over a hundred engines 9 helicopters 4 air tankers .How many millions of dollars to rectify some imbecile's recklessness .

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