Just before 9 p.m., CalTrans tweeted the interstate had reopened at Air Base Parkway in Fairfield, but Solano County continues to burn tonight as firefighters battle the LNU Lightning Complex Fire.
Large scale evacuations are in place in Vacaville and Fairfield. 46,225 acres have burned in Solano County with 0% containment according to officials. Travis Air Force Base has even issued mandatory evacuations for non-essential personnel.
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Flames could be seen shooting into the air late Wednesday night as a structure burned on Cherry Glen Road in Vacaville. It doesn't appear as though anyone was hurt but the fire in this rural area has been intense.
"It was the scariest thing I've ever seen. The heat and it came so fast," says Stacey Cline. Cline lives a mile or so down the road from this location.
Her home didn't burn, but a second home in the area did and the damage is intense - It's hard to make out much of anything.
"I'm just very grateful, very grateful to my husband and his three friends. They're the ones that fought this fire today," says Cline.
While it was Stacey's husband and friends who saved their home, it was firefighters battling along the hills in Fairfield. Ben Jandreau shot video of an air tanker dropping fire retardant in hopes of saving his home and others in the area. "We're hoping and praying that it's going to work out," says Jandreau.
I-80 is closed as a fire burns along the freeway in #Fairfield. You can see the plumes of smoke in the background and first responders rushing to the scene. You can track this fire along with the others in California here: https://t.co/2xjuUalQoe pic.twitter.com/I3Z5GTPPlU— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) August 20, 2020
So far so good in their Rolling Hills neighborhood but the fire spread across I-80 threatening more homes in the Paradise Valley neighborhood of Fairfield. In fact one fire began burning in the center divider of I-80 leaving clouds of smoke and miles of backups as the Interstate closed.
"I live in Vacaville, just trying to get home from work in Vallejo," says Kristian Violette.
Frustrating yes, but talk to most of these evacuees and they'll tell you they are thankful for one reason or another. Those like Stacey Cline who are feeling a sense of relief even as the fire continues to cause problems.
"They did this, they saved it. I have a home now still!"
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