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Fires burn in Napa, Sonoma counties

  • A wind driven fire in the hills of Soda Canyon in Napa Valley, Friday, Nov. 23, 2013. (KENT PORTER/ PD)

As many as 50 people were evacuated from homes northeast of Napa because of a 300-acre wildfire that erupted amid gusting winds late Thursday night, fire and law enforcement personnel said.

The cause of the Soda Canyon Road-area fire was uncertain, though downed power lines were suspected, Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

Evacuees were being offered shelter in the gym at Napa High School, though most sought shelter with family or friends, Stuart said.

Soda Canyon And Geysers Fire


The fire was one of two major wildfires burning in the Wine Country early Friday, fanned in the early stages by exceedingly high winds that gusted up to 45 mph.

In Sonoma County, a wind-driven fire had burned more than 100 acres at The Geysers, beginning around 2 a.m. Friday.

That fire was 10 percent contained at 7 a.m., Cal Fire said.

The Napa County fire prompted mandatory evacuations east of Silverado Trail around Soda Canyon Road, in the areas of Loma Vista, Shady Oaks and Ridge drives, Cal Fire and Napa County sheriff's personnel said.

That fire started around 9:30 p.m. Thursday and was 50 percent contained Friday morning, Cal Fire said.

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