A growing fire in Northern California is threatening homes in Napa and Solano County, particularly near Lake Berryessa.
Two-hundred structures have been threatened in the Golden Bear Community, where mandatory evacuations are currently underway. Evacuations are also underway in the Quail Canyon, Canyon Creek and Lake Solano Campgrounds areas, authorities said. At this hour, there has only been one report of structure damage to an outbuilding and tent trailer.
#WraggFire [update] off Hwy 128 near Lake Berryessa (Napa & Solano counties) is now 1,000 acres & 5% contained. http://t.co/6zfRO5OmlI— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 23, 2015
According to the latest update by Cal Fire, the blaze started at 2:24 PDT Wednesday and has already burned 6,000 acres with only 5 percent currently contained. Firefighters continue to deal with treacherous terrain as the region is brush grass covered, rugged and steep, with difficult access.
Dry conditions paired with low humidity are in the forecast for the next several days, posing a challenge for the 525 fire personnel on the scene. These conditions aren't ideal for firefighters as the low humidity makes it easier for the fire to spread.
"Last week rainfall did not reach this far north making drought conditions a constant challenge to fight these fires," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark explained.
An evacuation center were opened by the American Red Cross to provide residents in the area with assistance. While initial reports reported a vehicle accident, the cause of the fire is still currently under investigation.