Firefighters contain fast-moving grass fire

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The Winters Fire Department worked with multiple agencies to contain a fast moving vegetation fire Sunday night.

Winters Fire was dispatched to a reported grass fire north of Moody Slough Road on County Road 88 on May 16 at 9:38 p.m. 

Upon arrival, fire crews found a 3–5 acre grass fire off of County Road 88. One residential structure was immediately threatened by the fire. The Winters Fire crews immediately engaged fire suppression efforts and provided structure defense tactics.

Fire Chief Brad L. Lopez took on the Incident Command role upon arrival at the scene and called for mutual aid resources for the two-alarm fire. Gusty wind conditions of more than 15-20 mph were a significant factor in the fast-moving fire.

The fire was contained about an hour after it started. In total, 17 acres were scorched. Over 30 firefighters worked to combat the fast moving flames.

No structures or injuries were reported.

The assisting agencies included West Plainfield Fire Protection District, Madison FPD, UC Davis Fire, Woodland Fire District, City of Davis FD, Yocha Dehe FD, Vacaville City FD, Vacaville FPD, Dixon FD and Cal Fire.

Cal Fire remained on scene throughout the night and on Monday to monitor the area and mop up any hot spots.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Members of the community who have any information are encouraged to contact the Winters Fire Department at 530-795-4131, Ext. 232 or Ext. 233.

Lopez said Winters Fire is scheduled to conduct training burns on City property adjacent to the area of the fire. They had previously conducted a control burn four days prior to the incident.

According to Lopez, we are experiencing dryer than normal conditions this year due to the drought in California.

“Please use caution when using powered equipment near dry vegetation,” Lopez said.

To help prevent fires, he suggested residents create a defensible space and home hardening materials. For helpful tips and resources visit https://www.readyforwildfire.org/.

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