A fire that started at the Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga on Tuesday afternoon consumed at least one building and blackened about 8 acres along Tubbs Lane before it was controlled several hours later.
The fire sent a plume of thick white smoke over the whole region and caused the road to be closed from Highway 128 to Highway 29 and more than 1,600 utility customers to lose power, police said. Crews from all over the county, assisted by at least two aircraft, battled the flames.
Cal Fire reports that 8 acres of vegetation burned and the fire was contained by 6:54 p.m. There were no reported evacuations and power was restored to parts of the area shortly before 7 p.m.
One building was lost at Old Faithful Geyser, though it was too early to say what caused the fire or exactly where it started, Calistoga Fire Chief Steve Campbell said as crews battled the blaze. Gust winds carried embers south toward the city and ignited at least one small additional blaze, he said.
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“The structure that burned was our maintenance and storage building and we also lost a large portion of our bamboo forest alongside Highway 29,” said Cassi DeTrinidad, director of group sales and special events for Old Faithful Geyser. “We are beyond fortunate to be able to report that the fire damage stayed clear of our Geyser, Park and Animal Farm.”
The fire burned several PG&E poles, causing 1,675 customers to be without power, according to PG&E spokesperson JD Guidi.
Register staff writer Maria Sestito and Editor Sean Scully contributed to this report.