A brush fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the hills above American Canyon in Napa County which sent embers down into an area along a residential neighborhood where neighbors fought flames with garden hoses.
The fire which started around 3 p.m. Sunday and grew from 30 acres to 500 acres by evening, began in an area west of I-80 and east of the city of American Canyon, as the Mercury News reports. Evacuation alerts went out late in the afternoon for multiple streets in the area, though most of those were lifted by nightfall as the fire reached 30 percent containment.
There was some drama nonetheless, and area resident Jaimon Mathew posted the video below showing himself dousing his back fence with water as charred grass reached all the way up to his and his neighbors' property. The video also shows CalFire crews and a helicopter dropping water on the area beside residences.
As ABC 7 reports, the video was shot in the Vintage Ranch community of American Canyon, and no homes actually sustained damage.
Twitterer Ryan M. Martin had photos of the fire in progress, and reported the bulldozers were at work cutting fire breaks.
Grass fire American Canyon Rd west of I-80. Cal Fire spotter planes were circling but left. Dozers on hill cutting fire lines, CalFire, Napa County Fire + mutual aid FD on scene should have quickly under control@AmericanCanyon @CAL_FIRE @NapaSheriff @napacountyfire @AmCanPolice pic.twitter.com/fGo7rkRkbS— Ryan M. Martin (@espeeboy) October 6, 2019
The Sacramento Bee has time-lapse video of the fire, as well.
Photo: Jaimon Mathew/Facebook