NAPA -- The roughly 50 Napa County residents forced to evacuate because of a grassfire may now return to their homes.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office announced Friday evening that all evacuations and road closures have been lifted.

KTVU-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1frb2Yy) that the fire is 70 percent contained.

It began on Thursday night and consumed about 300 acres in the community of Soda Canyon about 10 miles north of downtown Napa. Strong wind gusts were reported throughout the region, reaching as high as 55 mph in some areas.

State fire Capt. Amy Head said one outbuilding was destroyed and 20 to 30 homes threatened, but she was not aware of any threat to wineries in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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