FAIRFIELD — The call came early Monday for Solano County to send a strike team to the Swedes Fire in Butte County.
A Sheriff’s Office official said a strike team is made up of five pieces of apparatus. This particular strike team includes equipment from the Vacaville Fire Protection District, Vacaville Fire Department, Dixon Fire Department, Benicia Fire Department and Vallejo Fire Department, the official said.
One unit only is taken from each agency, so the agency isn’t strapped.
Members left shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. The usual length of dispatch is between seven and 14 days.
“Each month they know ahead of time,” the official said. “They just don’t know if they’re going to get a call or not.”
The Swedes Fire started at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday southeast of Oroville. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, it had burned more than 2,460 acres, was 90 percent contained and all mandatory evacuations were lifted. The fire has threatened hundreds of structures, and has burned one home, a garage, three outbuildings and multiple cars, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Five injuries have been reported, CalFire reports. Full containment was expected Thursday.
A total of 1,288 firefighters were working the fire Tuesday evening, CalFire reports. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.
This version updates the status of the firefighting effort at of 6 p.m. Tuesday.