Fairfield grass fire forces evacuations, shuts down Highway 12

By July 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A four-alarm grass fire Sunday along Highway 12 that forced evacuations of nearby homes also shut down the highway and tapped out the city’s firefighting resources.

The fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. along eastbound Highway 12 between Beck and Pennsylvania avenues and was quickly upgraded to two alarms, then to four alarms to draw more resources to the scene.

Reports from the scene indicated that several structures were threatened. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents on the 1400 and 1500 blocks of James Street.

The Fire Department called for backup – in the form of a strike team – shortly after 2:15 p.m. from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to help battle the fire, noting on social media a lack of available resources. The fire was reported as under control shortly after 3:45 p.m.

Fairfield police shut down westbound Highway 12 at Pennsylvania Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. due to smoke from the fire. That prompted a severe traffic alert from the regional Transportation Management Center. Eastbound Highway 12 was closed about 10 minutes later at Beck Avenue.

All but the right lane of eastbound Highway 12 were open by 4:15 p.m. The remaining eastbound lane reopened shortly before 5 p.m.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] 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 fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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