North Bay fires near containment

May 16, 2008 6:22:28 AM PDT
Firefighters stopped the forward movement of a brush fire burning since Thursday morning in steep terrain in Sonoma County after containing another Thursday night, a Cal Fire dispatcher said.

The Geysers Road fire near Geyserville that started at 4 a.m. Thursday continued to burn this morning, but had stopped spreading, a Cal Fire dispatcher said. The blaze ripped through about 120 acres.

The fire began 4 miles up Geysers Road near the Hawkeye Ranch.

Nearly 100 firefighters responded to the fire including 10 engines, three strike teams, two dozers, two tankers and one helicopter, Cal Fire spokesman John Hart said. Winds, which had gusted to 40 mph, subsided to 15-20 mph Thursday afternoon, Hart said.

The Tar Fire at St. Helena and Tarwater roads north of Santa Rosa near the Napa County border began as a 2-acre fire but grew to 50 acres and was contained at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a Cal Fire dispatcher said. Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion or heat cramps.

Some structures in the rural area were threatened and local fire agencies were standing by to respond to any structure fires, Cal Fire said. There were no evacuations.

There were 15 engines, four hand crews, one dozer, two air tankers, one helicopter and an air attack spotter plane on that fire, Hart said. Winds in the area were at 10 mph.

Another small fire burned only about an acre Thursday.

The Sage fire, referred to originally as the Pope Valley fire, off Chiles & Pope Valley Road in Napa County started around 11:45 a.m. and was fully contained at 12:30 p.m., Hart said. The blaze was apparently ignited when part of a tree dropped onto a power line, and firefighters mopped up for about 2 hours after the fire was contained.


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