VACAVILLE — A five-acre fire on Thursday afternoon swept through a field of dry brush behind the Nut Tree Plaza shopping center, threatening the historic Harbison House and hangars at the Nut Tree Airport.
The two-alarm fire began at about 3 p.m. in an area near Centennial Park and the Nut Tree property, away from a road. By 4 p.m., firefighters had the fire under control and were mopping up. City spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said that firefighters at that point did not know the cause of the fire.
The 1907 Harbison House is part of the original Nut Tree that started out as a roadside fruit stand. Mazzaferro said the fire reached within about 50 feet of the house.
Flames continued in a northeast direction through a field, fanned by a wind averaging 10 mph with gusts of 17 mph. The fire went into a creek full of eucalyptus trees, then onto the county’s Nut Tree Airport and burned up to and around large aluminum hangars.
“There’s lots of explosive, volatile stuff at the airport,” Mazzaferro said.
The fire damaged no buildings. Shoppers continued shopping at the Nut Tree Plaza stores during the incident. The stores did not get evacuated, with the fire heading in the opposite direction, though police closed the Nut Tree Road entrance to the shopping area and the County Airport Road entrance to the airport.
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