October 12, 2008

Fire Threatens Homes, Wineries in Napa Valley

ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of firefighters are battling a wildfire that is threatening homes and wineries in California's Napa Valley.

Fire officials say the blaze burned 300 acres in the hills by Saturday evening just outside the wine country town of St. Helena. Full containment was expected today.

CalFire spokeswoman Nancy Carniglia says the fire has destroyed at least two structures and threatens 200 homes and several wineries.

About 100 residents left their homes voluntarily Friday night, and an evacuation center has been set up at St. Helena High School.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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