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Crews battling 1,700-acre Cold fire in Napa County

Campers and residents on the eastern edge of Napa County were ordered to evacuate Tuesday in the face of a fast-moving wildfire near the Monticello Dam on the southeastern edge of Lake Berryessa.

By 9:30 p.m., the blaze, called the Cold fire, had grown to about 1,700 acres as it spread across hills and canyons.

The fire was first reported about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday night; 500 firefighters, eight air tankers, six helicopters and nine bulldozers were involved in the containment effort, according to Cal Fire.

Crews’ main focus overnight was to keep the fire in check as coastal winds pushed it northeast, said Paul Lowenthal, an assistant Santa Rosa fire marshal serving as a spokesman for Cal Fire.

“That’s a concern of ours - trying to get all the ground and air resources we have out there ... to use everything we can to try and hold it,” he said.

Canyon Creek Resort, a campground in Winters, has been placed under evacuation, as has Golden Bear Estates, a residential neighborhood.

Evacuees were being directed to the Winters Public Safety Center at ?700 Main St. The CHP closed down a 12-mile stretch of Highway 128, from Wragg Canyon Road in Napa County to Pleasants Valley Road in Yolo County.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, and no injuries were reported.

You can reach Staff Writer Christi Warren at 707-521-5205.

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