Monday, December 5, 2022

Napa County’s Old Fire Stands at 570 Acres and 15% Containment—All Evacuations Lifted

Aircraft drops retardant on the Old Fire yesterday afternoon [Photographs by Cole Euken]

Yesterday afternoon a wildland fire located in Napa County swelled to 570 acres before sunset causing evacuations and prompting a significant response by firefighters around the region. 

As the flames grew yesterday afternoon, approximately fifty structures were threatened resulting in authorities issuing evacuation orders for some residents of Old Soda Springs Road, which were lifted around two o’clock this morning. 

The fire exploded in size yesterday afternoon initially reported at 3:35 p.m. to be 50 acres and by 8:00 p.m. was reported to be 520 acres, more than a 900% increase in size.

A fire engined positioned to combat flames near the roadside

After daylight fell on the Old Fire, firefighters increased the fire’s containment to 15%. CAL FIRE’s Lake-Sonoma-Napa Unit will be working on the fire throughout the day working to bring it under further control.

A Nixle alert from Napa County’s Office of Emergency Services states a: “Road closure at Soda Canyon x Silverado Trail still in effect. Only residents are permitted to return to the evacuation area.”

The Old Fire lit up near the area of 2017’s Atlas Fire, a 51,057-acre wildfire that began the night of October 8 along with thirteen other large fires, the result of what then Governor Jerry Brown called the “Northern California Firestorm”.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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