Fire Burns 500 Acres in Wine Country

Sunday, Aug 14, 2011  |  Updated 8:08 PM PDT
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Fire Burns 500 Acres in Wine Country

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A row of Chardonnay grapes wait to be picked at a winery in Napa, California.

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Firefighters expect to have to have contained a fire in Napa  County that has burned more than 500 acres near Lake Berryessa by 8 p.m.  today, according to Cal Fire officials.


    The fire has caused the closure of parts of Berryessa Knoxville  Road, which will remain closed until Monday at noon. The road is closed two  miles north of Lake Berryessa and three miles south on the Napa/Lake County  line.


    The fire was first reported at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a rural  area north of Pope Canyon Road, spokesman Harrison Hall said.


    No structures have been damaged or threatened, there have been no  evacuations and no injuries have been reported, Harrison said.


    Cal Fire officials said that Lake Berryessa has not been affected  by the fire and is still open for visitors.


    The fire has called for a large response, and a total of 566  firefighters and other emergency personnel from 10 different agencies were  battling the fire this afternoon. They have also deployed 37 fire engines,  three helicopters and four bulldozers.


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