Canyon Fire update: Evacuation orders lifted and Highway 128 opened

This is an updated version of the story that appears in this week’s print edition. It includes a photo gallery of pictures from the Canyon Fire.
CAL FIRE firefighters work on dousing the hotspots. Jeffrey Rawlinson/Winters Express

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Smoke from the Canyon Fire was visible in Winters on Monday, July 22. The vegetation fire was located in Napa County at Wragg Canyon Road and Highway 128, 16 miles east of St. Helena.

The incident was reported at 1:15 p.m. on Monday. Six fire crews and a total of 160 personnel were dispatched to battle the incident. The Winters Fire Department sent one of the four water tenders that were assigned to the scene.

CAL FIRE reported that cooler temperatures and higher humidity during the night aided firefighters in their work. Fire crews made good progress working through the night constructing control lines and working on suppression efforts.

On Tuesday, July 23, crews continued mitigating hazards and extinguishing hot spots. According to CAL FIRE the crews made significant progress toward containing the fire on Tuesday despite the steep terrain.

Nine homes along Highway 128 were evacuated on Monday. Those homes  remained under evacuation orders as of Tuesday morning. Highway 128, which was closed on Monday, remained closed until Tuesday morning. As of Wednesday, July 24 evacuation order were lifted and Highway 128 was opened to traffic. CAL FIRE asks that drivers use “extreme caution” while driving in the section of Highway 128 that intersects with Wragg Canyon Road, as there are still fire crews and equipment on the scene. The crews will stay there for several days.

As of CAL FIRE’s last update on Wednesday, 64 acres have been burned and the fire is 85 percent contained. No structures have been damaged and there have been no reported injuries.

As of Wednesday morning the cause of the fire was still under investigation and the estimated dollar cost of the damage was unknown.

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This is an updated version of the story that appears in this week’s print edition. It contains new containment levels, an updated reported on the number of personnel dispatched to the scene and new information about the status of the evacuation orders and road closure.  ]]>

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