Wragg Fire’s Regained Momentum Worrisome to Neighbors, Firefighters

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Many people living near Lake Berryessa, where the Wragg Fire began one week ago and quickly spread thousands of acres through Napa, Yolo and Solano counties thought they had seen the worst of it. That is, until it picked up momentum Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters contained 80 percent of the fire as of Tuesday morning. Nearly 7,000 acres burned before Cal Fire officials say the fire flared up again, burning more than 400 additional acres.

Officials ordered mandatory evacuations for homes along four roads -Mix Canyon, Sky Ranch Road, Wild Horse Canyon Road, and Blue Ridge Road.

“Evacuate your homes” is a message you never want to hear, however a few people in Vacaville, like Victoria Davis, got the warning twice, in a matter of one week.

"Obviously they're trying to be overly cautious, and I can understand that. I can understand that frustration,” said Davis.

She was adamant, having gone through it just days ago, that her faith in the firefighters putting out the Wragg fire trumps her fear of losing her home.

"There were stories that came out of this canyon where the fire burned 360 around their houses last Tuesday and on during the week, and those structures are still standing," said Davis.

Cal Fire spokesperson Amy Head says as the winds picked up it was almost impossible to prevent the fire from catching the dry grass.

"When the fire lines up in the right direction, coupled with the four year drought, it's a challenge for us…We do have contingency lines and secondary lines that we have planned for, so it's just a matter of us holding it within those lines and mother nature cooperating with us," said Head.

Head says 136 homes are under mandatory evacuation. Jaime Guzman lives with Melinda Coles in that area. He says he doesn’t think his home is in any danger.

"The people on this side should be okay. It's just an order that came down," said Guzman.

Coles however, wasn’t so sure.

"The winds up here change and things can change on a dime," said Coles. Her home was on the path of the fire last week, the first time the Wragg Fire flared up.

"It’s a very scary thing to go to. The flames were right up to my back gate in my back yard," Coles said.

Now evacuees like Coles and Guzman hope today is the last of their fire troubles.

Pleasant Valley Road was closed for most of the day Tuesday, authorities say it is back open but are asking that drivers avoid the road unless absolutely necessary. Ulatis Community Center will remain open for the time being for anyone displaced by the fire.