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.
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