Butts Fire burns 5 sq. miles in Northern California

Butts Fire burns 5 sq. miles in Northern California

A wildfire in Northern California has engulfed an area of more than five square miles, forcing nearly 200 households to evacuate; a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection has confirmed.

The quickly-expanding Butts Fire in the remote Pope Valley had grown from 3,200 acres to 3,800 acres by Wednesday evening. However, no injuries have been reported, and the fire is still quite away from the Napa Valley's major wine vineyards.

The wildfire reportedly started in vegetation around noon on Tuesday in Butts Canyon and quickly grew to engulf a large area by night of the same day.

Daniel Berlant, a spokesperson for the state forestry and fire protection department, said, "This fire exploded because the conditions are so dry all across California. We were definitely surprised by this one."

However, Berlant could not pin point the cause of the fire.

Nearly 200 homes have been evacuated, as the fire has so far damaged five structures. But, it could not be immediately confirmed whether the damaged structures were homes or some other buildings.

More than one thousand firefighters are struggling to extinguish the fire. Initially, they hoped that they would be able to contain the fire by Tuesday night. But, the fire continued to expand by noon Wednesday, pushing temperatures into the 90s. By Wednesday night, firefighters were able to contain only 30 per cent of the massive wildfire.

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