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Cordelia fire adds to list of big area blazes

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A house burns along Marigold Drive in Fairfield, Aug. 27, 2013. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)

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From page A1 | June 21, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — The area has seen a number of spectacular fires in recent years. Friday’s five-alarm fire was the largest since last summer’s Marigold Fire, which swept through a Fairfield residential neighborhood, and the Branscombe Fire, which burned more than 1,000 acres of grassland and marsh. The area’s recent big fires include:

BRANSCOMBE FIRE

Oct. 4, 2013

An eight-alarm grass fire fanned by wind gusts of more than 30 mph charred more than 1,000 acres stretching from Highway 12 near Branscombe Road outside Suisun City and extending over the Potrero Hills and into Suisun Marsh. The fire destroyed a barn that was used for equipment storage. The fire drew firefighters from across Solano County, and from neighboring counties.

MARIGOLD FIRE

Aug. 27, 2013

A seven-alarm fire destroyed five homes and damaged 10 others along Marigold Drive. Winds whipped the fire to the point that Fairfield firefighters thought many more properties would be lost to the flames. The fire brought crews from across the region and took hours to control.

PEPPERBELLY’S

Jan. 25, 2013

A five-alarm fire gutted the Pepperbelly’s comedy club on a Friday night, choking off Texas Street in downtown Fairfield as more than 20 fire engines and crews from all over Solano County rushed to the scene to contain the fire to the single downtown building. The building to this day remains a shell.

EMPIRE STREET

Jan. 13, 2012

A five-alarm fire destroyed a commercial building at 744 Empire St. It burned strongly for more than two hours and remained hot into the evening. Crews from Vacaville, Dixon, Travis Air Force Base and rural Rio Vista joined Fairfield and Suisun City fire crews in containing the fire to the single structure. The building, which was nothing more than four exterior walls in the fire’s aftermath, has since been rebuilt.

NELSON HILL FIRE

Aug. 1, 2011

A seven-alarm vegetation fire started in the area of a number fast food establishments and Scandia Family Fun Center before moving into the nearby hills in the area of Pittman and Cordelia roads. It burned 60 acres. No homes or businesses were damaged.

MACRO PLASTICS

July 26, 2011

A six-alarm fire at the Macro Plastics manufacturing plant sent a dense, acrid pall of black smoke into the skies above Fairfield. The fire created massive walls of orange, hot flames. More than 100 firefighters from 15 different departments and fire districts spent hours fighting the fire.

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE

Aug. 16, 2008

A grass fire that started alongside Parker Road outside of Travis Air Fore Base and was fanned by gusting winds soon spread onto the base and eventually destroyed or damaged 270 vacant homes that were scheduled for demolition. An army of firefighters from across the region converged on the base to battle the eight-alarm fire.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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  • DJune 21, 2014 - 9:28 am

    What about the huge fire on Travis AFB?

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  • Glen FaisonJune 21, 2014 - 10:57 am

    @D: I recapped the most-recent area fires, by way of illustration more than an attempt at a comprehensive list. The base fire was huge, back in August 2008, so nearly six years ago. There have been a few other large grass fires in the area since then that are also not included on this list. I should have included last year's Branscombe fire. It was huge in terms of scope, but the wind drove the fire into the marsh – away from populated areas. I will do so now.

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  • Glen FaisonJune 21, 2014 - 11:42 am

    @D: I added in some more, to include the Travis fire.

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