Firefighters Contain Napa Valley Blaze

ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have halted the spread of a wildfire that burned about 300 acres of heavy brush, destroyed a
home and threatened several wineries in California's Napa Valley.

More than 1,500 firefighters were called in to work the blaze, which state fire officials said was fully contained by Sunday morning.

Investigators said Saturday a rock struck by a car ignited the wildfire Friday afternoon.

The car's driver tried to extinguish the blaze, but the strong wind in the rugged hills near the wine country town of St. Helena caused the fire to spread quickly.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said all evacuation orders had been lifted, allowing 100 people to return home after the flames forced them to flee. The fire also destroyed a barn.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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