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Fire threatens homes, prompts evacuations in Vacaville

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 10/18/2020 By Lauren Hernández

Firefighters were responding to a blaze that temporarily prompted evacuations and was threatening homes in Vacaville Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.

Vacaville Fire Chief Kris Concepcion told The Chronicle that a 5- to 6-acre fire was blazing between Vine Street and Markham Avenue in Vacaville before 6 p.m. Saturday.

The fire was reported at 5:24 p.m., Vacaville fire officials said. By 6:20 p.m., fire officials said forward progress of the blaze had stopped.

“We are working on returning those that have been evacuated to their homes,” Vacaville fire officials said on Facebook.

Shortly after the fire began, Concepcion said firefighters were coordinating with local police to evacuate residents living along Markham Avenue and a couple other nearby streets.

The blaze was burning uphill at a medium rate of spread — “it’s not real quick,” Concepcion said.

Concepcion said the fire’s uphill movement “is a concern, but it looks like they’re getting a real good handle on it.”

Vacaville fire officials said on Facebook that “crews are making good progress on the fire.”

Crews from Fairfield Fire Department, Vacaville Fire Protection District, Dixon Fire Department and Cal Fire were battling the fire, Concepcion said.

Rio Vista and Suisun City fire departments provided coverage for the city of Vacaville while city crews were battling the blaze.

Check back for updates.

Lauren Hernandez is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: lauren.hernandez@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ByLHernandez

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