Wragg Fire flare-up prompts new evacuations, road closures

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A flare-up of the Wragg Fire near Lake Berryessa prompted new mandatory evacuations and road closures. (KGO-TV)

Tuesday afternoon there was a dangerous flare-up of a fire many thought was almost out.

The Wragg Fire burning near Lake Berryessa roared to life and has charred 6,991 acres. It is 80 percent contained, but the flames broke through fire lines and mandatory evacuations are back in place for more than 130 homes.

Once again, the smoke can be seen for miles. Some reported the smoke could be seen from San Anselmo, which is 50 miles away.



Sky Ranch, Gates Canyon, Blue Ridge Road and Mix Canyon roads are closed. Pleasants Valley Road is closed between Putah Creek and Mix Canyon roads. Cantelow Road at Pleasants Valley Road and Vaca Valley Road East at Pleasants Valley Road are also closed.

"The wind has shifted to a northerly direction and that tends to be a very hot and dry wind," Cal Fire spokesperson Capt. Amy Head said.

After nearly a week of battling the fire, Cal Fire air tankers and helicopters were at it again.

RAW VIDEO: Wragg Fire flares up


Evacuations on Pleasants Valley Road and Mix Canyon are mandatory, but many residents refuse to leave.

"Since they saved all the houses last time -- that were in the middle of the fire -- these people around here are not that worried about it," Mix Canyon resident Michael Moriano said.


Some residents say the last evacuation was too much of a hassle, so they're waiting it out.

"I have seven horses back there and four kids here and four dogs. It's easier to sit put for now," Mix Canyon resident Cindy Andrachik said.

PHOTOS: Large fire burns south of Lake Berryessa


For those who made another hasty retreat, Animal Control workers were busy rescuing their pets.

"We got a call on Blue Ridge, all the way at the top, to help a citizen out with their three large Great Pyrenees and they're aggressive with people because they're trained attack dogs," Kelly McKown from Solano County Animal Control said.

"They didn't have time to grab their chicken. It was more of a pet than it was just a chicken. So I told them I would try," Justine Sidie from Solano County Animal Control said.

At nightfall, the Cal Fire planes had to return, so for now the remaining residents are at the mercy of the incoming northern winds.

Cal Fire has reopened its call center at (707) 967-4209. You can also click here for more information.

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