Grass fire destroys home, outbuildings in Cordelia

Fire crews contained a five-acre brush fire that damaged or destroyed several homes and outbuildings in Cordelia, Calif., near Fairfield.

The blaze that broke out Friday around 4:30 p.m. at the Interstate 680 and 80 connector. It prompted evacuations as it sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the air.

Fire officials said one home and five outbuildings were destroyed and two other homes were heavily damaged.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

Firefighters fought the blaze from both land and air. CalFire assisted by doing airdrops and using a bulldozer to create fire breaks.

As the fire spread, weekend traffic on both I-680 and I-80 ground to a halt. The California Highway Patrol had to shut down northbound lanes of I-680 for about 30 minutes.

The fire was contained by 8 p.m.


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