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Gov. Brown Nabs FEMA Grant To Reimburse Firefighters Battling Napa County Wildfire

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Chopper 5 assesses the damage from the Napa Butts Fire Wednesday morning. (CBS)

Chopper 5 assesses the damage from the Napa Butts Fire Wednesday morning. (CBS)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Gov. Jerry Brown secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday to partially reimburse local and regional agencies responding to the 3,200-acre Butts Canyon Fire burning in Northern Napa County.

The grant is part of the President’s Disaster Relief Fund to help agencies battling the blaze by providing a 75 percent reimbursement of their fire suppression costs.

Firefighters from around the area are assisting, including those from the City of Napa, St. Helena and the Lake County and Napa County fire departments, the California Highway Patrol, CalFire and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire, which is west of Lake Berryessa, was 30 percent suppressed as of 5:15 a.m. Wednesday after fire crews built containment lines through the night.

Evacuations remain in effect for residents in the 180 homes of the Berryessa Estates subdivision as well as on Snell Valley Road to the Lake County line.

Map of wildfire in Napa County on July 1, 2014. (CBS)

Map of wildfire in Napa County on July 1, 2014. (CBS)

As of Wednesday morning, 280 structures are threatened by the fire and 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, according to Cal Fire.

At least five structures — including one home —  have been damaged since the fire started around 12:08 p.m. Tuesday in the 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road.

The Red Cross set up a shelter for evacuated residents Tuesday afternoon providing cots for adults and kennels for pets at Pope Valley School in Pope Valley and the Middletown High School in Lake County.

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