Saturday, September 23, 2023

[UPDATE: 570 Acres]Mandatory Evacuations Ordered as Napa County Wildfire Threatens Homes

The wildland fire growing in size [Picture from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page]

Originally reported at 3:38 p.m., a Napa County vegetation fire has swelled to approximately fifty acres with the potential for 500 acres near the 2100 block of Old Soda Springs Road.

A Nixle alert from Napa County’s Office of Emergency Service stated: “Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 1300 Soda Canyon Rd. to the dead end. A road closure at Soda Canyon and Silverado trail is in effect until further notice.”

Scanner traffic indicates Sheriff’s deputies are actively going door-to-door in the area evacuating residents.

Initial reports described the fire as growing at a moderate rate of spread. Ground and air resources are working on the fire to combat the spread.

A Nixle alert published by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office characterized the blaze as a “growing vegetation fire” and asked residents to stay alert.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: The following is an image of the “Old Fire” as seen on the Wild Horse Valley Alert Wildfire Fire Camera:

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UPDATE 4:49 p.m.: The following map of the mandatory evacuation zone was published on Napa County’s Zonehaven website and used to provide real-time information about evacuations to the public:

UPDATE 4:57 p.m.: The fire has grown to 100-acres, as reported by the Incident Commander. Evacuations are also growing as seen in the following screenshot of the evacuation map. Remember, more details can be seen at Napa County’s Zonehaven website.

UPDATE 5:11 p.m: The Incident Commander is estimating firefighters have gained approximately 5% containment of the fire.

UPDATE 5:19 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported the fire is holding west of Old Springs Road and east to Soda Canyon Road. At this point the fire is at 120 acres and growing northward at a moderate rate of spread.

UPDATE 5:54 p.m: Air resources are reporting the fire has now grown to 200 acres.

UPDATE 6:08 p.m.: The following information was published on the Napa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:

Fire on Soda Canyon, #oldfire, is now at 376 acres. No changes to Evacuation Orders. Mandatory Evacuations still in effect for Soda Canyon Road from 1300 Block to the top/end of the road. 25 Sheriff’s deputies and several CHP units are on the scene assisting with evacuations. Road closure at Silverado Trail and Soda Canyon.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m.: The following footage was shot this evening by Bay Area news station ABC 7:

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UPDATE 7:50 p.m.: The following information was published by Napa County Office of Emergency Services via Nixle:

Old Fire Update: Evacuation Orders are still in effect. An evacuation center has been setup at Crosswalk Community Church.

Due to ongoing wildland fire activity, Napa County has opened an evacuation center for individuals and households affected by the Old Fire currently active at 2300 Old Soda Springs Rd. Evacuation Orders are still in effect for 1300 Soda Canyon Rd to the dead end. 
The Evacuation Center is located at Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 First Street Napa, CA 94558.  

Evacuees in need of food, water, or charging stations are welcome to utilize the Napa County evacuation center. Accommodations for overnight shelter may be announced, if needed. 

UPDATE 8:16 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates the Old Fire stands at 520 acres this evening.

Coral Leigh, a photographer from Lake County, was able to make it the Old Fire this evening and was gracious enough to share some of her pictures with us. Check out her Facebook page to see her amazing work:

UPDATE 9:02 p.m.: An update from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office indicates that the fire activity is slowing down, but all standing evacuation orders remain in effect. The road closure has “moved up to 1135 Soda Canyon Road.”

Deputies are in the evacuated area securing the scene. The fire is reported to be 570 acres in size.

Flames visible through the Dry Creek 2 Wildfire Camera

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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