UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10, 2018
A wildfire named the SNELL FIRE is burning in the Sonoma-Lake Unit (CAL FIRE) service area or about 12 miles southeast of Middletown (Napa County), California.
The cause is unknown and under investigation.
Fire fuels consist of grassy oak woodlands.
There are 1,241 fire personnel assigned to this incident along with 31 crews, 132 engines, 20 dozers, 20 water tenders and 7 helicopters.
Fire behavior has been observed as active with uphill runs, single tree torching and flanking. Firefighters are beginning to make great progress. A cooling trend is expected and to assist crews with fire suppression.
The fire has burned 2,490 acres and there is a 45% containment status.
At this time, many structures including homes are being threatened. Evacuation orders were in effect but have since been lifted.
Firefighting suppression and containment costs have soared to $3.9 Million to date.
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