Homes Wiped Out by Steele Fire Burning Near Lake Berryessa

A fire centered at the south end of Lake Berryessa in rural Napa County has prompted evacuation orders for residents in the Berryessa Highlands community and Pleasure Cove Resort area, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze, which started in the Steele Canyon Road-Arroyo Grande Drive area around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, has charred at least 150 acres and was 50 percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Despite firefighters making "good progress" in the battle against the blaze, seven structures were destroyed by the flames, Cal Fire reported. 

"I’m watching fire come up to my house and watching, like, propane tanks explode it was insane," resident Sydney Botts said Saturday. "I drove out of the court and I was literally watching my neighbor’s house burn, it was insane."

Botts' mother said they were pulling into the neighborhood as the fire started but didn't have enough time to take anything with them.

"By the time I got up there they told me I couldn’t go to my court or I was going to be arrested," Stephanie Botts said. "So we couldn’t even get our animals."

An evacuation center has been set up at the Crosswalk Community Church located 2590 1st St. in Napa.

It isn't yet known how the fire started. Firefighters from Cal Fire and Napa County Fire departments, along with resources from Yolo and Solano counties, the Napa County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol continue to battle the fire.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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