A wildfire near Napa Valley, California has not threatened any of the major wine vineyards but overnight the Butts Fire grew to almost 4,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Although temps are in the 90’s, authorities say more favorable conditions are upon them and they are making progress on containing the fire. Still, mandatory evacuations are in place for about 200 homes. Authorities say the fire has since damaged one home and four outbuildings. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.
As predicted, the high temperatures and prolonged drought conditions are being blamed for helping to fuel this fire (though the actual cause is still under investigation), and continue to contribute to the outbreak of fires throughout California.To date, Cal Fire has issued warnings to residents to take extreme caution when outdoors, due to the high level of fire danger across the state.(Check out our earlier blog post about the hazards of wildfire and tips to remember when you're doing chores, etc. outside this summer season.)
Learn what else you can do to help protect your home and property. Check out some simple steps for creating more defensible space around your house, and learn what you can do before a wildfire burns near your area, what you can do when a wildfire is close by, and steps to take after a wildfire has been contained.