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Fire Calistoga Tim Carl

This is smoke from the Tubbs fire north of Calistoga, next to Mount St. Helena, on Monday morning.

The Tubbs fire has spread to Mount St. Helena, which is now firefighters’ main concern, an official said.

The winds have shifted from a southerly to north wind, which means a hotter, drier and stronger wines, said Steve Campbell, Calistoga fire chief.

That can potentially fan the fire, he said.

The fire on Mount St. Helena is the closest fire to town and is about a half-mile from Highway 29. There hasn’t been any equipment on it because of the spread of the fire.

“We got some dozers on it today,” Campbell said, to try and cut some lines in before winds pick up at 5 p.m.

“Planes haven’t been too effective because the smoke is so bad they can’t see to fly,” he said.

The number of calls for help for people experiencing respiratory problems has increased dramatically and Calistoga’s emergency workers are aided by a team from outside the city of five ambulances, one supervisor vehicle and one tactical vehicle. They are also helping with medical transportation to St. Helena Hospital.

There have been no injuries or deaths reported in the Calistoga area.

Campbell said firefighters are doing well under the circumstances, considering they’ve basically been “breathing and eating smoke” for the last few days.

Pay attention to Nixle alerts, Campbell said, and he asked that people who have been evacuated to please stay out of the area.


The Weekly Calistogan Editor