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Wine Country fires: A deadly inferno’s first hours

m.sfgate.com

Date: 1/20/2018 12:15:00 AM

Within five hours, this fiery monster would be just one of several blazes burning. The Atlas Peak Fire near Lake Berryessa and four others ignited in the central wine region, and another scorched Mendocino County just up the coast. The fires hit with a

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California Schools Make Move to Electric Buses

Government Technology

Date: 1/17/2018 10:49:00 AM

Guzman recently drove one of the district’s newly converted buses — switched from diesel to electric by TransPower of Escondido (San Diego County) — to Lake Berryessa as a test, and found that the bus used less electricity on the trip than he

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Goodbye, diesel: California school buses drive toward electric age

SF Gate on MSN.com

Date: 1/16/2018 6:00:00 AM

Guzman recently drove one of the district’s newly converted buses — switched from diesel to electric by TransPower of Escondido (San Diego County) — to Lake Berryessa as a test, and found that the bus used less electricity on the trip than he

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Fishing: Strong 2017 salmon season may have consequences

Marin Independent Journal

Date: 1/11/2018 4:26:00 PM

They swam up the Feather River, the American River and other tributaries of the Sacramento. Even Putah Creek, a small tributary that flows out of Lake Berryessa, received one of the largest returns of Chinook in memory in the fall of 2016. Because the

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Photographer releases awesome video displaying Sacramento at its finest

The Sacramento Bee

Date: 1/11/2018 8:07:00 AM

This video was taken Wednesday by Justin Majeczky, a freelance multimedia specialist, as the Wragg fire raged across rugged terrain near Lake Berryessa. Majeczky's account: "A wildfire started yesterday in the hills by Lake Berryessa. I was lucky enough to

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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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