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Grass Fire Burns 31 Acres in Napa

Officials originally said the fire was only 5 to 7 acres, but it was more destructive than first thought. Reported by Bay City News Service and Louisa Hufstader with images by Richard Bruns, Robert Peebles, Jr. and Patch reader Lexie Cataldo.

Updated 5 a.m.

Firefighters contained a grass fire that spread across 31 acres and threatened 30 homes in Napa County Tuesday afternoon.

The fire in the 1400 block of Coombsville Road was reported at 1:52 p.m. and was contained by firefighters by 3 p.m., according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Pete Munoa.

Munoa said no structures were damaged during the fire and that no evacuations were necessary.

The grass fire was in a residential neighborhood with many single-family homes located on large parcels of land, Munoa said.

Ninety firefighters from Cal Fire, Napa County and the Napa Fire Department utilized 13 fire engines, two hand crews, two bulldozers, an air tanker and a helicopter, Munoa said.

Cal Fire said that the initial cause of the fire remains under investigation.

By Bay City News Service.

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Debby Fortune June 20, 2012 at 03:28 PM
This was a scary one for us and our neighbors. We sit right on the border of the city/county line. In these areas of the county that border on residential areas and the city line, there is a greater need for prevention measures than is required. Grass and brush control (such as what is required and enforced on the city side of the line) is not enforced (nor required) in places that are quite vulnerable and we see this happen time and again. This neighborhood is seriously an Oakland hills style disaster waiting to happen. We need some concerted and specific prevention efforts of cooperation between city and county residents and enforcement. Some property owners in that area are neglectful and actually resent taking measures that would save their neighbors lives and homes. This needs to be addressed immediately. Some preventive measures will go a long way toward evryone's safety.

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