Lake Berryessa Fire (copy)

Crews stage on Capell Valley Road near Turtle Rock at Lake Berryessa on Friday afternoon as they battle wildland fire that prompted home and horse evacuations. As of Saturday morning, firefighters had the 114-acre blaze under control and were working on total containment.

J.L. Sousa, Register

The Friday afternoon wildland fire that prompted home and horse evacuations near Lake Berryessa burned no additional acreage Friday night and was approaching full containment Saturday morning, Cal Fire reported.

The blaze blackened 114 acres — a total unchanged since Friday evening — and is now 85 percent contained, Cal Fire said at 7:55 a.m. Sunday.

Firefighters will work through the night to continue to strengthen the control lines and work the interior hot spots within the fire perimeter.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed, said Cal Fire spokesperson Suzie Blankenship. One minor injury was reported.

Capell Valley and Sage Canyon roads were reopened at noon Saturday, according to the Napa Country Sheriff’s office. Evacuations and warnings had been lifted, but authorities asked drivers to be mindful of safety crews still working in the area.

Electrical power has been restored by PG&E.

The fire, which was reported at 1 p.m. Friday near Sage Canyon and Berryessa Knoxville roads, had a “strong potential” to cause great damage, Blankenship said.

The terrain is steep and rugged, with heavy dry brush. Strong winds typically spring up in the late afternoon, she said.

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“We really jumped on it,” said Blankenship, citing an arsenal of resources, including helicopters and air tankers, bulldozers and more than a dozen engine companies.

As of Saturday morning, nearly 350 firefighters were actively working on the fire or resting from their efforts on Friday, Blankenship said. Saturday’s mission was to improve containment and control lines, she said.

Agencies responding to the fire included Cal Fire/Napa County Fire, Napa, St. Helena and Calistoga fire departments, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, Napa County Public Works, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Pacific Gas & Electric.


Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.