(UPDATED at 7 a.m. PDT, July 4, 2014)
The Butts Fire is still listed at 4,300 acres and the incident management team is calling it 55 percent contained. Two residences and seven outbuildings have been destroyed and all evacuation orders have been lifted. Favorable weather conditions led to a successful burning operation Thursday on the Lake County side of the fire.
This will be our last report on the fire.
(UPDATED at 2 p.m. PDT, July 3, 2014)
CAL FIRE reported at 1:30 p.m. that most of the evacuations on the Butts Fire north of Napa, California have been lifted.
Evacuations have been lifted along Butts Canyon Rd north to Snell Valley Rd
An Evacuation Advisory is in effect for residents in Lake County on Butts Canyon Road from the Lake County line to Langtry Estates.
(UPDATED at 9:55 a.m. PDT, July 3, 2014)
The Butts Fire north of Napa, California has grown to 4,300 acres with 30 percent containment according to CAL FIRE. Winds Wednesday afternoon were from the west at 7 to 15 mph with gusts up to 21, while the relative humidity bottomed out at 17 percent at the Konocti weather station north of the fire. The forecast for Thursday is for 93 degrees, a 7 mph wind out of the south, and a relative humidity of 27 percent — not extreme weather, but it is likely that the fuel moisture is very low, which can contribute to elevated fire behavior. Similar weather is in the forecast for Friday.
An Evacuation Order remains in effect along Butts Canyon Rd from James Creek Road to Snell Valley Road, as well as the Berryessa Estates. An Evacuation Advisory is in effect for residents in Lake County on Butts Canyon Road from the Lake County line to Langtry Estates.
CAL FIRE reports that two residences and seven outbuildings have been destroyed.
(UPDATED at 7:40 a.m. PDT, July 2, 2014)
The Butts Fire 26 miles north of Napa, California slowed down overnight when the wind decreased and the relative humidity went up into the 50s. CAL FIRE reported Wednesday morning the size is now 3,200 acres with 30 percent containment. Crews made “good progress”, they said. The fire continues to burn northeast into Lake County toward Snell Peak. Five structures have been destroyed. The weather forecast for the fire area predicts 94 degrees, winds generally out of the south at 8 mph, and a relative humidity of 25 percent. Firefighting resources assigned to the Butts Fire include 1,000 personnel, 57 engines, 10 hand crews, and 12 dozers. Continue reading