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Snell Fire

The Snell Fire, seen from the north, erupted shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday and triggered an evacuation of the Berryessa Estates community in rural northern Napa County. The wildfire had spread to 1,900 acres as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Updated at 7:15 p.m. Sunday A woodland fire that forced an evacuation in rural northern Napa County grew to 2,400 acres as of 4 p.m. Sunday, according to authorities.

Containment jumped Sunday afternoon from 15 to 20 percent, Cal Fire reported.

The Snell Fire, which was first reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Butts Canyon Road and Snell Valley Road in north Napa County, Cal Fire reported.

The Napa County Office of Emergency Services opened an emergency shelter for fire evacuees Sunday afternoon, in the Butler Pavilion at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, 1435 N. Oak St. Cots, blankets and comfort packages are being offered for evacuees. As of 7:15 p.m. Sunday evening, no evacuees had arrived, and staff in Calistoga had been in talks with leadership to find out if the shelter would be closed tonight, according to Karen Collins, Chief Deputy Director of Health and Human Services with NCOES. The shelter is jointly operated with American Red Cross. 

A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for Snell Valley Road, all roads leading to Snell Valley Road and the Berryessa Estates neighborhood, as well as the west side of Berryessa Knoxville Road from Putah Creek Bridge north to the Napa County line. Cal Fire reported about 180 structures were threatened.

Access to affected areas is limited due to the fire’s remote location, which is dominated by oak woodlands and grasses.

Cal Fire reported the arrival of 480 fire personnel and 56 engines to combat the Snell Fire. Napa Fire reported sending two units and seven firefighters from the city agency to the blaze.

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This story has been modified since the original posting to correct the location of the evacuation center for the Snell Fire.


City of Napa/Town of Yountville Reporter

Howard Yune covers the city of Napa and the town of Yountville. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.