FAIRFIELD -- A grass fire whipped up by heavy winds claimed 5 acres Friday and destroyed one home in the Cordelia neighborhood, fire officials said.
The fire started in the area of Lopes Road, west of Interstate 680, around 3:45 p.m. then jumped the freeway, spurred by easterly winds, Fairfield fire officials said.
Two other homes were badly damaged and six outbuildings destroyed, Battalion Chief Bob Stoffel said. Residents were evacuated and numerous streets were closed to traffic as firefighters fought the blaze from both land and air. CalFire assisted by doing airdrops and used a bulldozer to create fire breaks. Two air tankers, a helicopter and two hand crews joined the firefight along with a fleet of engines from fire agencies around the county, including Fairfield, Suisun City, Cordelia, Montezuma, Vallejo, Napa County and the Vacaville Fire Protection District, CalFire Battalion Chief Joe Petersen said.
As the fire spread, weekend traffic on both I-680 and I-80 ground to a halt. The fire was contained by 8 p.m. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.
Standing on the railroad tracks across from her home in the 2100 block of Cordelia Road, Sherry Thompson stood in disbelief as smoke rose from the back yard of the residence she has called home for the past 25 years.
"My cat's in that house and I'm just praying it doesn't catch on fire," she said, adding that, most of all, she is thankful that her family got out safely.
Her son's home down the road, wasn't so lucky, she said.
"All my daughter-in-law's wedding stuff was in there," she said.
The cause remains under investigation and firefighters planned to remain on the scene throughout the night and during Saturday to make sure no fire "hotspots" remained, Stoffel said.
Vacaville Reporter staff writer Catherine Mijs contributed to this report. Follow Karina Ioffee at Twitter.com/kioffee.