The Wragg fire on the outskirts of California’s Napa Valley chewed through thousands of acres of steep, treacherous terrain Thursday, forcing mandatory evacuations of two small communities and threatening more than 200 structures, reports NBC News.
The fire in the area of Wragg Canyon near Lake Berryessa in Napa and Solano counties spread from 1,000 acres Wednesday night to 6,900 by late Thursday afternoon, the state, local and federal interagency team battling the blaze said. More than 1,300 firefighters were in the scene, less than 24 hours after the fire started.
Lake Berryessa is about 30 miles east of Napa Valley. Winds were erratic, but they were forecast to trend northeast through the rest of Thursday — generally away from wine country. Fire officials said no wineries were threatened.
But the communities of Quail Canyon and Golden Bear were under mandatory evacuation orders, as were the popular Canyon Creek and Lake Solano campgrounds.
An evacuation center for large animals was even set up in the town of Winters.
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