Cold Fire (wildfire)

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Cold Fire (2016)
LocationVaca Mountains,
Yolo County,
Coordinates38°31′30″N 122°04′04″W / 38.52513°N 122.06788°W / 38.52513; -122.06788Coordinates: 38°31′30″N 122°04′04″W / 38.52513°N 122.06788°W / 38.52513; -122.06788
Date(s)August 2, 2016 (2016-08-02) - August 11, 2016 (2016-08-11)
Burned area5,371 acres (2,174 ha)
CauseUnder investigation
Buildings destroyed2
Cold Fire (wildfire) is located in California
Cold Fire (wildfire)
Location in California

The Cold Fire was a wildfire that started on August 2, 2016 in the Vaca Mountains, near Lake Berryessa and just west of the city of Winters, in Yolo County, northern California. The fire was contained by 6 PM on August 11 after burning a total of 5,371 acres (21.74 km2), including two buildings, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.[2]


The fire was first reported at 4:36 pm on August 2 near Highway 128 west of Pleasants Valley Road. By sundown mandatory evacuations were ordered for Canyon Creek Campground and Golden Bear Estates.[3] The following day, less than 24 hours after the fire was first reported, it had grown to over 4,000 acres (16 km2).[4]

A Red Cross shelter was briefly setup in Winters but was closed due to lack of use.[5]

By August 4, the third day, the fire had grown to 4,700 acres (19 km2), with 903 fire personnel members on the ground and the evacuation order for Golden Bear Estates had been lifted.[1][6]

By August 6, the fourth day, the fire had grown to 5,385 acres (21.79 km2) with 1,625 fire personnel members on the ground and Highway 128 was re-opened to traffic and Thompson Valley Road at Highway 128 being closed.[1]

The fire was contained by 6 PM on August 11. The Cold Fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damaged. In total, 5,731 acres (23.19 km2) acres had been burned and two buildings, hunting cabins, had been destroyed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Cold Fire". Incident Information. Cal Fire. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "'Cold Fire' contained after burning 5,731 acres". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ Locke, Cathy; Sangree, Hudson (2 August 2016). "Wildfire near Winters grows explosively, evacuations ordered". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ Rossman, Randi. "'Cold' fire near Lake Berryessa now at 4,000 acres". Sonoma Index-Tribune. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  5. ^ Rossmann, Randi (3 August 2016). "Cold fire near Lake Berryessa now at 4,000 acres". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ Cahill, Nick. "Wildfire Near Napa Wine Country Doubles in Size". Courthouse News Services. Retrieved 4 August 2016.