Firefighters control Vacaville fire

June 11, 2008 1:05:23 PM PDT
A five-alarm field fire that broke out in an unincorporated part of Solano County has destroyed at least one home.

A house fire in Vacaville in Solano County spread to nearby brush quickly. No one was hurt.

A house burned and 40 acres are charred. Solano County is currently under a red flag warning. That occurs when you have winds blowing, dry grass and then a spark is added. When that occurs, a big fire is bound to happen.

On Wednesday morning a home near Vacaville caught fire and that lead to a mini van burning. The fire charred 40 acres, and firefighters quickly categorized it a 5-alarm fire before they even arrived at the scene.

"We know the terrain, we know the area out here is flat, the winds blow and we had gusts this morning as high as 45 mph. Right now I'd say that the winds are sustained at a good 20 mph. So the potential for fire spread is tremendous," said Assistant Chief Doug Rogers from Vacaville Fire Protection District.

The people from the burned house are all okay; they are looking for shelter at the Red Cross. Firefighters say that they are very fortunate that this fire did not hop the road and get across into the grass, because they say it could have burned for miles.

On Wednesday morning in Solano County the winds were close to 20mph, gusting up to 30-35 mph.


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