BENICIA (CBS SF) — Local firefighters and Cal Fire crews quickly responded to a wildfire that erupted near Interstate 680 and Lopes Road in Solano County Saturday morning and burned about 45 acres before being brought under control.
The area was under a Red Flag Warning Saturday with strong offshore winds, low humidity levels and plenty of tender-dry brush from extreme drought conditions to fuel rapid growth of the blaze.
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The fire was first reported around 10:20 a.m. and had burned about 25 acres by 11:20 a.m. The massive smoke plume was visible for several miles. No structures were reportedly being threatened by the blaze.
Air tankers aided ground crews in the battle to halt the fire’s advance. The fire was clearly visible to drivers traveling on I-680 between Benicia and Cordella.