by Andria Borba

CALISTOGA (KPIX) — The battle to keep the Tubbs Fire out of the town of Calistoga is being waged along Highway 29.

Billowing smoke choked scenic vistas along the road Thursday — a reminder that the flames are still in charge here.

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The fire jumped the highway Thursday afternoon in at least one location and Cal Fire crews were determined to keep it from spreading.

At one location where there was a turnout scarcely wide enough for the water tenders and strike teams to park, Cal Fire crews set backfires to choke off the fuel to stop the Tubbs Fire’s advance.

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Less than a quarter-mile from that location, people vainly tried to load a horse onto a trailer to get it out of harm’s way. Spooked and stubborn the horse refused to budge.

Structure-protection crews set up shop at a home on Highway 29 as the forest glowed orange above.

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While wildfires tend to lie down at night, the Tubbs Fire continues to chew through vegetation, mocking the efforts of firefighters and their equipment.