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Progress on North Bay Fires moving steadily to containment

KTVU Station

Date: 10/21/2017 9:49:00 PM

The fire started off Atlas Peak Road south of Lake Berryessa, and has destroyed 458 residences, Cal Fire said. Firefighters continue to strengthen perimeter control lines, provide structure defense and engage in tactical patrol with regard to the Atlas fire

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Progress On North Bay Wildfires Moves Steadily To Containment

Sanfrancisco cbslocal

Date: 10/21/2017 12:47:00 PM

The fire started off Atlas Peak Road south of Lake Berryessa, and has destroyed 458 residences, Cal Fire said. READ MORE: Mystery ‘Fire Angel’ Helped Save a Sonoma County Neighborhood Firefighters continue to strengthen perimeter control lines

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A man, a phone and Facebook capture Lake Berryessa wildfire battles

Napa Valley Register

Date: 10/21/2017 10:06:00 AM

As friends and neighbors hightailed out of Lake Berryessa and away from the North Bay wildfires, Evan Kilkus stayed behind – to share images and news of the Napa County enclave and, later, to reassure residents they still had places to return home

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New map shows areas where fires damaged, destroyed structures

San Francisco Gate

Date: 10/20/2017 9:12:00 PM

The most damage appears to be in the area of the 51,624-acre Atlas Fire, which started off Atlas Peak Road south of Lake Berryessa. Cal Fire said the Atlas fire destroyed 445 residences, 277 other structures, 19 commercial properties and damaged 77

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Napa Fires Nearly Contained; Power Restored To 52K Customers


Date: 10/20/2017 6:03:00 PM

The 51,624-acre Atlas Fire that started south of Lake Berryessa around 9:50 p.m. Oct. 8 was 87-percent contained Friday morning, while the 54,382-acre Nuns Fire, comprised of six fires in Sonoma and Napa counties, was 85-percent contained. The 36,432-acre

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• Surface Area: 17,000 Acres
Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lake was named for the first European settlers in the Berryessa Valley, José Jesús and Sexto "Sisto" Berrelleza (a Basque surname, Anglicized to Berreyesa then later respelled Berryessa), who were granted Rancho Las Putas in 1843.

Prior to its inundation, the valley was an agricultural region, whose soils were considered among the finest in the country. The main town in the valley, Monticello, was abandoned in order to construct the reservoir. This abandonment was chronicled by the photographers Dorothea Lange and Pirkle Jones in their book Death of a Valley. Construction of Monticello Dam was begun in 1953,[3] completed in 1958, and the reservoir filled by 1963, creating what at the time was the second-largest reservoir in California after Shasta Lake. The Monticello Dam with Lake Berryessa, Putah Diversion Dam with Lake Solano, and associated water distribution systems and lands are known collectively as the Solano Project, which is distinct from other federal water projects in California such as the Central Valley Project.

The lake has been heavily used for recreational purposes and encompases over 20,000 acres when full. The reservoir is approximately 15.5 miles long, but only 3 miles wide. It has approximately 165 miles of shoreline. It has a seaplane landing area that is open to the public. One of the larger islands supported a small plane landing area, but was closed in the early 1970s after the FAA issued a safety report.

Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway, 72 feet in diameter, which is known as the Glory Hole. The diameter of the pipe then shrinks down to about 28 ft. The spillway has a maximum capacity of 48,000 cfs.

The lake was the site of one of the infamous Zodiac murders on September 27, 1969.
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