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#MonticelloFire Growing Still: 5,000 Acres & 30% Contained Saturday Evening

The blaze went from 1,500 acres to 5,000 in less than five hours, and covers where the Solano, Napa and Yolo county lines converge.

#MonticelloFire. Credit: CA IMT 1 - FIRE INFO @Info_CIIMT1/Twitter.
#MonticelloFire. Credit: CA IMT 1 - FIRE INFO @Info_CIIMT1/Twitter.
A vegetation fire that began Friday night near Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa in Solano County has spread to 5,000 acres and is 30 percent contained this evening, according to fire officials at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

Around noon today, firefighters briefly appeared to have the upper hand, with the blaze at 1,500 acres and 25 percent contained, fire officials said.

However, the blaze, located near the southeast shore of Lake Berryessa, spread to an additional 3,500 acres in less than five hours, Cal Fire officials said.

Cal Fire officials said the blaze, referred to as the Monticello Fire, has spread to 5,000 acres as of 5 p.m. and is now covering an area where the Solano, Napa and Yolo county lines converge.

According to Cal Fire, the fire is located in a remote, rugged and steep area that is difficult to access, leading to an increase in fire activity in the Oak woodlands this afternoon.

State Highway 128 is closed in the Lake Berryessa area east of Canyon Creek Resort Campground to Pleasant Valley Road, fire officials said.

The Golden Bear Estates and Canyon Creek Resort Campground have been evacuated, and an evacuation shelter set up at the Winters Community Center, according to Cal Fire.

About 350 fire personnel are at the scene and focusing on building control lines around the Golden Bear Estates where about 40 structures are threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire said.

At least six bulldozers, four airtankers, two water tankers and three helicopters are being used by fire personnel to fight the blaze, according to Cal Fire's website.

Heavy smoke can be seen from Lake Berryessa and the surrounding area this evening.

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UPDATE #MonticelloFire Growing: At 3,000 Acres & 15% Contained Near Dam & Hwy 128 on Saturday Afternoon.

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Joann Lavis July 06, 2014 at 11:07 PM
per calfirenews.com the butts fire is 4, 300 ac and 85% contained, Way to go FF`s
Joann Lavis July 06, 2014 at 11:40 PM
scanner tankers are releashed for the nite- plan for tonite is to push the bull dozers up rocky ridge, ic wants it a 3 blade wide to do this the operators will go one way then turn around and do it again and once more . 3 x also there is a new contingency plan for the cottonwood flats are,,will be built here tonite
Joann Lavis July 07, 2014 at 01:00 AM
update evacuations for residents living along hwy 128 including the golden bear estates has been lifted
Joann Lavis July 07, 2014 at 09:29 AM
morning , the butts fire is still at 4,300 ac and now has a 90 % containment,, info * calfirenews.com blog
Joann Lavis July 08, 2014 at 06:16 AM
update on the Monticello fire - 6,488 ac - 45% contained

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