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South Napa grass fire burns estimated 30 to 40 acres, officials say

South Napa grass fire burns estimated 30 to 40 acres, officials say


A vegetation fire in south Napa burned Thursday afternoon through an estimated 30 to 40 acres, officials say.

The fire started on a windy afternoon near S. Jefferson Street and Atrium Parkway, in grasslands near the Napa Yacht Club and The Meadows of Napa Valley retirement community. Napa Fire Inspector Jose Valenzuela estimated that it began around 2 p.m.

Though the billowing smoke clouds alarmed many in Napa, according to posts on social media, there were no injuries reported.

Valenzuela, who stood near The Meadows and did not have a clear view of the fire near the Yacht Club, said the fire came close to the retirement home, but did not threaten the structure. A road separated the property from the fire. The wind helped push the flames away from the building, he said.

Steve Villano, who lives nearby, watched as firefighters cleaned up the last of the the fire. He said he heard about the fire after getting a Nixle alert from the Napa Fire Department.

"I got concerned because all of our houses are close together," he said.

As of 3:45 p.m., firefighters were working to smolder it, Napa Fire said. Nearly an hour later, Valenzuela said crews were working to "mop up" the last remnants of the fire.

It helped that crews "got a hold on it pretty quickly," he said

Napa Fire Department and Cal Fire-Napa County Fire officials responded to the scene.

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Courtney Teague is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She can be reached at 707-256-2221. You can follow her reporting on Twitter and Facebook, or send her anonymous tip at:

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