Napa County brush fire prompts evacuations; firefighters say hot, dry conditions could increase the danger this week


ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) — Bay Area firefighters are monitoring heat they say can only increase fire danger by drying out grasses and brush. Fire crews have been busy responding to wildfires before and Monday was no exception.

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CAL FIRE helicopters, armed with water, mounted an aerial assault on a wildfire off Silverado Trail in St. Helena that began around 5:30 p.m., prompting evacuations.

“I was sleeping and a guy came knocking on my door and told me there was a fire,” neighbor Christian Torres said.

Torres and his family left their home as a precaution. it is not the first time.

“I remember last year, a few years ago, it’s hard to look back on that, we have our family here,” Torres said.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it reached the top of the hill where a house was threatened.

“The structure was undamaged, the crews worked hard to protect it and get containment and keep this fire on five acres,” said CAL FIRE Battalion Chief JC Greenberg.

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In the East Bay, SKY7 was above a fire in Dublin. Alameda and Contra Costa County firefighters contained the blaze near Highland and Collier Canyon roads on 91 acres.

Firefighters say hot, dry temperatures expected this week are expected to increase fire danger.

“Things are dry and burning, we’ve had several fires over the past week, northerly winds are coming in, we’re ready, we have resources ready,” Greenberg added.

CAL FIRE began training its seasonal firefighters more than a month earlier this year, due to worsening drought conditions.

Evacuation orders on the St. Helena fire were lifted Monday night, a cause of that fire is under investigation.

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