Solano County

Fire strikes Collinsville, destroying multiple homes

By From page A1 | July 05, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Fire ripped through the small unincorporated area of Collinsville outside of Rio Vista on Friday, burning seven homes, damaging three and charring about 25 acres.

“There’s only about five houses left standing,” said Montezuma Fire Protection District Chief Joe Rosewall. It’s a scene that Rosewall said he’s never witnessed in the Montezuma’s district.

“This is the first time,” he said.

Seven families were displaced, but no people were injured. Animals weren’t so lucky, with dogs, cats, rabbits and birds perishing in the fire that began about 1:30 p.m. and within 30 minutes was a fourth-alarm vegetation and structure fire.

Aiding the Montezuma firefighters were crews and equipment from a wide area, including Rio Vista Fire Department, River Delta Fire Protection District, Cordelia Fire Protection District, Suisun Fire Protection District, Suisun City Fire Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Vacaville Fire Department, Vacaville Fire Protection District, Dixon and Isleton Fire Department.

Red Cross was on the scene, helping both the displaced residents and the firemen with “rehab,” Rosewall said.

Speaking from the scene of the fire about 5 p.m., Rosewall said that one structure was still burning on the inside, but the fire crews were largely in mop-up mode. The fire was under control about 7 p.m. and mop-up would continue into the evening, he later added.

Rosewall said the fire was believed to have started close to the homes in the vegetation but the cause is still under investigation. He added that it’s still too early to put a dollar figure to the damage.

While crews were battling the blaze in Collinsville, a pair of fires erupted in the Dixon area that required mutual aid.

Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister said multiple agencies responded to a wind-driven grass fire on Hay Road that burned 181 acres east of Highway 113. He said since crews from most of Solano County were working the Collinsville fire, the department called for mutual aid from as far as Davis and Winters. Crews from the Fairfield and Vacaville fire departments and the Suisun and Montezuma fire protection districts also responded.

Another fire that started after 5 p.m. at Liberty Island Road near Swan Road burned 171 acres, McAlister said. A helicopter from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection that had assisted during the Collinsville fire was able to help with the two Dixon fires, McAlister said.

One firefighter sustained a minor burn injury to the foot during the Hay Road fire, which took about an hour to control, McAlister said. No structures were affected.

Adrienne Harris contributed to this report. Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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  • CD BrooksJuly 05, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Thank goodness people weren't hurt of killed out there. Some folks lost their pets and long time family homes. I was able to speak with a friend of mine last night and he was grateful his place was okay, scary!

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  • DudeJuly 05, 2014 - 8:49 am

    I was wondering if G's family home survived. That & the old Hastings Adobe the DR just did a story on.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 05, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Hey Dude! His parent's along with his Aunt and Uncles houses were destroyed. The family compound where he lives is fine. Spoke with him last night, he's in good spirits feeling "lucky!"

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  • DudeJuly 05, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Well that sucks. That fire definitely looked scary & could have been worst. Glad everyone is OK.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 05, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Dude, I will pass that on, thanks!

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  • JimboJuly 05, 2014 - 10:11 am

    In another news source people were saying 'we just have to rebuild'. But the elephant in the room is why did none of these residents properly clear vegetation from around the structures on their property that allowed this to happen in the first place?

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  • LeslieJuly 23, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    There would never be enough people to remove all the dry grass it surrounds the hole community. Some of the homes (most of the homes that burnt).are close to 150 years old,they are made with wood that had gone through floods & hard weather for many many years The wood is beyond dry, so even if the weeds were mowed around the homes, with the kind of wind we had that day I do not think this could have been prevented. I think the elephant in the room is, what kind of an ignorant person would play with fireworks, with all the dry grass & wind that we had that day,????.

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  • BSJuly 05, 2014 - 10:58 am

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Consolidate all of these itty bitty fire departments into one county wide fire agency. Supplement all of the fire stations with Volunteers. I'm wondering how long it took the first fire engine to arrive on scene. Seconds count in a fire

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  • patrickJuly 05, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    difficult place to get to in an emergency. lucky they saved any homes.

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