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.