A fire on Atlas Peak Road on Thursday burned a two-story house and an addition under construction. The fire continued to burn as of press time.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported,  CalFire/Napa County Fire Division Chief David Shew said.

As of 7:30 p.m., firefighters were expected to remain at the scene of the fire in the 2300 block of Atlas Peak Road all night, fire officials said.

“It’s going to be a long, stubborn fire to fight,” Shew said.

The first call of a fire came at 5:24 p.m., Shew said. The fire also burned less than an acre of vegetation near the residence, CalFire said. That wildland fire was contained at about 7:30 p.m.

A CalFire Air Attack team was sent to the scene along about 10 fire engines from various Napa County fire agencies and a California Department of Corrections inmate crew.

Along with fire engines, firefighters used equipment to pump water from a backyard swimming pool to attack the flames.

The home, which belongs to winemaker Jayson Pahlmeyer, is a modern style residence with sweeping views of the Napa Valley. As of 8 p.m., both the main house and the addition continued to burn.

Firefighters were called back from the roof as the structure started to buckle.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of 8 p.m. Thursday, Shew said. It is also unclear where the fire started.

Neighbor Jeanne Evans said she was about to hop into her Jacuzzi when she heard the fire sirens. She and her husband Gordon and another neighbor helped carry photo albums and books firefighters had removed from the home.

Pahlmeyer was to host his daughter’s wedding at his home on Saturday, Evans said. She and her husband said they offered Pahlmeyer their home for the wedding. 

A disastrous fire burned the area on June 22, 1981, blackening 23,600 acres within 24 hours. That fire caused $36 million in damage and destroyed 65 structures. No one was killed in the blaze.

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I worked for CalFire in the past and if you're the IC(Incident Commander) you order the world until you know what you're dealing with. You can always cancel resources while they're in route. We got called off from incidents many times.


Wreckless and TAXPAYER - perhaps you are too young to remember, or you didn't live here in 81', but I did, and I remember that devastating fire. Exercising an abundance of caution in this area at this time of year was absolutely the right thing to do.

orchid lady

The wind kicked up over night.


[quote]TAXPAYER said: "Three air planes, at least 2 bulldozers, 30 plus fire trucks,Highway patrol, Sheriffs, prisoner strike team. And yet the fire burnt for hours.And you wonder why California is in trouble?"[/quote]

And it was 1 house and less than an acre of ground. I guess they go all out if your rich and own a multimillion dollar house in the hills of Napa. And as for the wind , the plume of smoke was going straight up.... no wind.


No worries TAXPAYER, soon you'll asessed a fee to subsidize CalFire for this sort of performance.

Just for the record, I ain't pickin' on fire fighters.


[quote]TAXPAYER said: "Three air planes, at least 2 bulldozers, 30 plus fire trucks,Highway patrol, Sheriffs, prisoner strike team. And yet the fire burnt for hours.And you wonder why California is in trouble?"[/quote]

Are you really complaining about the firefighters ability to fight this fire?
They kept the fire from spreading to the entire hillside covered with houses and nobody was killed or hurt.
Some people will complain about anything.

orchid lady

Negative Norm...the conditions were windy, there was dry vegetation as well other structures in the area, and not to mention the fact that structures have a huge amount of combustibles that burn for long periods of time. It's not like a grass fire where "once there's no grass, the fire puts itself out".

Good job to every one.


Three air planes, at least 2 bulldozers, 30 plus fire trucks,
Highway patrol, Sheriffs, prisoner strike team. And yet the fire burnt for hours.

And you wonder why California is in trouble?

orchid lady

Forgot to thank the Firefighters! Thanks to CalFire, NCFD, and CDC for your hard work.

orchid lady

That is nice of the Evens family to offer their home to their neighbors! Truly a neighborly thing tho do! I am glad no one was hurt.


That is so kind of the neighbors to offer their home for the wedding. It's a gesture that might lift their spirits after such a devastating loss. Glad no one was injured.

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