Wildfire Destroys North Bay Man's Home

Fire crews appeared to have the upper hand on the Sonoma and Napa fires by late Wednesday

The Bay Area's hot temperatures, mixed with high winds have put many areas under Red Flag fire warnings.

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Several fires broke out overnight in the North Bay. Two were significant enough to be named by Cal Fire. The "Yellow Fire" is near Calistoga and the "Silverado Fire" is in the Napa Valley.

Firefighters battled the Silverado fire just north of Yountville in Napa County located just off of Silverado Trail near Rector Reservoir.

"The winds really are the issue. If you look around the hills here they’re green turning brown normally they wouldn’t be carrying fire rapidly but with the wind some of the larger fuel has been dried out,” Eric Hoffmann with Cal Fire said. 

Nick Trigilia lost part of his home to the Sonoma fire. He said he woke up in the middle of the night and saw a frightening orange glow from his front porch. 

He said he stood at the bottom of a hill and watched the fire go right toward his house with trees exploding along the way. He said it was a helpless feeling.

"It took people about 20 minutes to get here. It was the most horrific 20 minutes of my life, it felt light two hours,” Triglia said.

Triglia has lived in the house for the past 19 years. He said he made a lot of great memories in the portion of the home destroyed by the fire. But, he said, to him the things he lost were just things.

“The owners of the house said they will rebuild and that’s wonderful. We’ll still be here,” Triglia said.

The Napa fire was 60 percent contained on Wednesday, with full containment expected later in the day. The Sonoma County blaze was 50 percent contained, with full containment expected Thursday.

The fire fight was a tough one Wednesday thanks to hot temperatures on the fire line. 

Inland highs are expected to reach 90 degrees or above, with no cooling until the weekend.

The Red Flag warnings were in the North Bay, the East Bay and the South Bay for areas above 1,000 feet. The National Weather Service extended the warnings to noon on Thursday. 

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