VALLEJO, Calif. — 10 p.m. update:
Evacuation orders have been lifted following a vegetation fire, according to the Vallejo Firefighters Association.
Evacuation orders are in place as crews tame a vegetation fire in East Vallejo that has damaged eight homes, according to the Vallejo fire Department.
The fire department said there were evacuation orders in place for Skyline Drive Between Vervais Pajaro, Pajaro Way, and Silverview Court.
According to the fire department, eight homes were damaged, with three damaged significantly. Three families have been offered assistance from the Red Cross.
"There was already a ton of smoke coming out the front door," said Cliff Campbell, Battalion Chief for Vallejo Fire Department on the state of one elderly woman's home when fire crews arrived.
The elderly victim was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after escaping a burning house, however, she is expected to be OK.
"Not the most mobile person, so I'd say pretty lucky, especially if this happened at nighttime," Campbell said.
Firefighters responded to the four-alarm fire near Skyline Drive and Silverview Court around 4 p.m. About 60 to 70 firefighters responded to fight the fire.
In a tweet, the Vallejo Firefighters Association said the primary areas of the fire have all been knocked down and that crews were making considerable progress in the firefight. Officials said the blaze started as a vegetation fire behind some homes and spread up the hill. The fire has since been extinguished.
According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed.
California also experienced its first "Gigafire" because of the August Complex Fire, burning over 1 million acres by itself. Four of California's top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020.
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
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