Napa wildlife area reopens after wildfire


The Knoxville Wildlife Area north of Lake Berryessa in northern Napa County has reopened to the public now that the 25,118-acre Jerusalem Fire is 90 percent contained, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Visitors to the 21,500-acre Knoxville Wildlife Area are advised to be aware of their outdoor surroundings and report any smoke that could indicate spot fires, wildlife officials said.

Campfires are still not allowed in the wildlife area.

The Knoxville Wildlife Area is part of the 300,000-acre Blue Ridge/Berryessa National Area in Napa, Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties.

The Jerusalem Fire in Lake and Napa counties started Aug. 9 and burned six residences, three hunting cabins and 18 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. It eventually joined the southern flank of the larger Rocky Fire in Lake County.

The Putah Creek Wildlife Area remains closed as a result of the Wragg Fire in Napa and Solano counties, and the Cache Creek Natural Area remains closed because of the Rocky Fire. Both of those fires are 100 percent contained.

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