Napa County wildfire grows, makes runs overnight

TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press
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A Delta inmate crew with Cal Fire prepares to cut a line around the Butts Fire along Butts Canyon Road, Tuesday July 1, 2014, near Middletown Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

A Delta inmate crew with Cal Fire prepares to cut a line around the Butts Fire along Butts Canyon Road, Tuesday July 1, 2014, near Middletown Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say a wildfire in a rural part of Northern California’s Napa County that has damaged two homes and forced the evacuation of 200 others grew overnight, as crews struggled to get a handle on the flames in the steep terrain.

The fire had burned more than 6 1/2 square miles as of Thursday morning and grown 500 acres from the previous day. It remained 30 percent contained.

State fire spokeswoman Alicia Amaro said the fire made short runs uphill during the night.

The steep and rugged terrain has forced crews to build containment lines by hand without the help of bulldozers.

The fire has damaged two homes and seven outbuildings. It is not posing a threat to the region’s famous vineyards.

Private hire helicopters make water drops on the Butts Fire above Snell Valley as the afternoon winds kicked up, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, near Middletown, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

Private hire helicopters make water drops on the Butts Fire above Snell Valley as the afternoon winds kicked up, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, near Middletown, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

A Cal Fire air tanker drops retardant on a spot fire off the main Butts Fire, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Napa County, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

A Cal Fire air tanker drops retardant on a spot fire off the main Butts Fire, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Napa County, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

A sign, melted in the intense heat of the Butts Fire, gives arrows for Snell Valley Road and Berryessa Estates, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, near Middletown Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

A sign, melted in the intense heat of the Butts Fire, gives arrows for Snell Valley Road and Berryessa Estates, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, near Middletown Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

A private hire helicopter makes water drop on the Butts Fire above Butts Canyon Road as the afternoon winds kicked up, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, near Pope Valley in Napa County, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

A private hire helicopter makes water drop on the Butts Fire above Butts Canyon Road as the afternoon winds kicked up, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, near Pope Valley in Napa County, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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