Wragg Fire

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Wragg Fire
LocationLake Berryessa, California, United States
Coordinates38°29′58″N 122°06′52″W / 38.4994°N 122.1145°W / 38.4994; -122.1145Coordinates: 38°29′58″N 122°06′52″W / 38.4994°N 122.1145°W / 38.4994; -122.1145
Date(s)July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22) – August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
Burned area8,051 acres (33 km2)
CauseCar exhaust from idling car
Wragg Fire is located in Northern California
Wragg Fire
Location of fire in California.

The Wragg Fire was a wildland fire that started just off California State Route 128 near Lake Berryessa in Napa County, California in the United States. The fire started on July 22, 2015.[1] The cause was an idling vehicle's car exhaust. The vehicle came into contact with dry grass and sparked the fire.[2] Mandatory evacuations for 136 homes and 200 residents took place. Six roads were closed temporarily as a result.[1]


Wragg Fire over Napa, California

The fire began on July 22, 2015 at 2:24 PM on California State Route 128 near Lake Berryessa in Napa County, California.[1] Parts of both Highway 128 and Interstate 505 were closed. On July 24, the highway and interstate were reopened.[3] Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve was closed and evacuation orders were called off.[4][5] The fire was fought by 1,825 firefighters,[3] 75 fire engines and 6 helicopters.[6]

As of July 28, the fire was 80% contained.[6] That day the fire reignited over 500 acres, going over the containment line, in Wildfire Canyon near Vacaville in Solano County around 1:30PM.[7] Seven roads were closed and 136 homes and 200 residents were required to evacuate as a result of the flare-up.[8][9] An evacuation center was created in Vacaville.[9] The fire was caused by an idling car's exhaust. The car came into contact with dry grass and the car exhaust ignited the fire. In total, the fire burned 8,051 acres.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wragg Fire". Incident Information. Cal Fire. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Car exhaust to blame for Berryessa fire". What's Happening. Sonoma Valley Sun. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Brekke, Dan. "Highways Reopen as Crews Gain Ground on Berryessa, Kyburz Fires". News Fix. KQED. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ "UPDATED: Charred reserve and trails to stay closed". Dateline. University of California, Davis. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. ^ Chea, Terence; Bender, Kristina J. "Wragg Fire: Some evacuees go home as Northern California wildfire calms". Environment & Science. 89.3 KPCC. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b McCallum, Kevin. "Fire near Lake Berryessa 80 percent contained". Press Democrat. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ Lindelof, Bill. "Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa blackens 7,100 acres, at 80 percent containment". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Wragg Fire Flare-Up Promots New Evacuations, Road Closures". Brush fire. ABC7 News. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Napa: Flare-up of Wragg Fire grows to 150 acres in Solano County". San Jose Mercury News. Bay City News Service. Retrieved 29 July 2015.