August 18, 2020 | 4:46 p.m. PDT
At least three large wildfires are spreading rapidly in northern California north of Napa. The Hennessey Fire is about 12 air miles north of Napa near the intersection of Highway 128 and Chiles Pope Valley Road. The last size provided by CAL FIRE (which could be many hours old) was 2,700 acres but it has grown substantially since then. Approximately 205 structures are threatened and evacuation orders are in place. At around 4 p.m. Tuesday there was a report that it had crossed to the south side of Highway 128 and was burning toward Atlas Peak. Three structures have been destroyed. Tuesday afternoon it was creating a large pyrocumulus cloud, indicating extreme fire behavior. An AlertWildfire camera captured the early hours of the fire including when a passing thunderstorm caused a rapid 180-degree shift in the wind direction and the spread of the fire.
(To see all of the articles on Wildfire Today about the lightning-caused wildfires in California, including the most recent, click HERE.)
There are two large fires near Lake Berryessa. The 15-10 Fire (the name will probably change) is along Berryessa Knoxville Road near the northwest shore of the lake. Tuesday at 2:36 a.m. it had burned approximately 1,000 acres according to sensors on a satellite, but it is very active Tuesday afternoon.
At 2:36 a.m. the south edge of the Gamble Fire was two miles north of the 15-10 Fire. At that time it had also burned approximately 1,000 acres according to sensors on a satellite, and it too was very active.
Evacuations are occurring for the 15-10 and Gamble Fires. With both fires burning along the Berryessa Knoxville Road, evacuation is complicated.
The photo below with four pyrocumulus clouds forming above the rapidly spreading fires is very impressive.