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All evacuations lifted for Snell Fire in Napa County, Cal Fire says

All evacuation orders and road closures were lifted Monday for the Snell Fire, a blaze burning in Napa County’s Pope Valley, Cal Fire said.

As of Monday evening, the vegetation fire was 45 percent contained at 2,490 acres, with more than 1,200 firefighters working to further contain the blaze, Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit said in a news release.

More than 30 fire crews remain assigned to the Snell Fire, which is burning in a “remote location with difficult access,” though cooler weather this week could further assist containment efforts, according to a Cal Fire incident report.

Though roads are open and evacuations are lifted, Cal Fire is urging residents and the public to drive safely and be cautious of fire and emergency crews in the area.

Mandatory evacuation orders had been in place through early Monday morning in several areas, including Berryessa estates. An estimated 180 structures had been threatened, but no structures have been damaged, Cal Fire said.

The Snell Fire started about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, seven miles southeast of Middletown off Butts Canyon and Snell Valley roads. It is burning vegetation in the same general area as the 2014 Butts Fire, which destroyed two homes and injured at least four people.

There are no reported injuries in connection with the Snell Fire and the dollar value in damages is not known at this time. Its cause is still under investigation.

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