FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A 5-alarm grass fire in the Cordelia area west of Fairfield was contained Friday evening at around 5 acres, according to a Fairfield fire official.

One structure and several outbuildings were destroyed by the fire in the area of Cordelia and Ritchie roads, and several other houses sustained minor to moderate damage, said Battalion Chief Bob Stoffel.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury.

The fire broke out around 3:45 p.m. near Central Way not far from the Cordelia Junction and quickly went to five alarms amid dry, windy conditions with gusts of up to 30 mph.

Two houses on the northwest corner of Lopes Road and Cordelia Road were fully engulfed in flames after the fire jumped the freeway, threatening several other homes in the area, according to Derek Smith in KCBS Sky-Three.

Thirty to forty other homes in the area were evacuated, according to an officer with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

Both northbound lanes of Interstate 680 had to be shut down south of Cordelia Junction for about 30 minutes because of the smoke. The lanes have re-opened, but the Green Valley Road exit off northbound I-680 remains closed because of the firefighting effort, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Firefighters would remain on the scene through Friday night making sure the fire is out, Stoffel said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


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