Grass fire burns 90 acres, 1 home in Napa County

November 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A wildfire is burning near Napa and late Tuesday night evacuations were called for nearby residents in the area of Silverado Trail and Soda Canyon Road. The fire is about 2.5 miles northeast from Downtown Napa.

CAL FIRE reports that 90 acres have burned, including one home and two outbuildings. About two dozen homes are in the area and several residents have been evacuated. The fire started around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, but CAL FIRE says it is not sure how this fire got started.

The 25 mph winds are making things very difficult for fire crews. As of 12:30 a.m. there were 165 firefighters working to contain the fire and they had it about 50 percent contained.

The flames are sweeping through neighborhoods, but no damage to homes have been reported so far. Napa resident Aura Kerr lives on Soda Canyon Road and she spoke to ABC7 about what she witnessed.

"It was the first fire up on the hills and it's definitely a scary thing. We got our dogs, our important belongings out and my dad is still up there with my husband trying to save our farm animals. There's no way we can take them out and they're just trying to keep them a safe distance from the fire," said Kerr.

When asked when they first noticed the fire, Kerr said, "Well we were watching TV and we started smelling smoke and we thought it was perhaps a fireplace going and then our house started to get engulfed in smoke... the house started to fill up with smoke and that's when we realized there's something going on. We looked out and there were the flames up on the hill. We started loading up our stuff and we're waiting out the smoke, seeing if anything will clear up. The smoke got to about 200 feet away from our front yard and that's when we decided to leave and our dogs are safe with us, thankfully."

Last we spoke with Kerr, she was still waiting to find out the fate of her home.

Firefighters are trying to protect about two dozen homes in the Soda Canyon Road area and Silverado Trail. Also, there are some homes on Loma Vista.

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