Four-Alarm Marshland Fire in Suisun City Destroys Multiple Homes

Jeffrey Schaub
June 03, 2020 - 7:49 pm
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Firefighters battle flames in the marshland area in Suisun City.
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Firefighters battled a significant vegetation fire Wednesday evening that destroyed or damanged 11 homes in Suisun City.

The fire was in the marshlands area and went to four alarms, according to the Suisun Fire Department. Many areas had been evacuated.

The fire started behind the Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center in dry marshland that comes up right behind a community of roughly 100 homes. It quickly consumed several of them.

"We had people who didn’t want to leave their houses and worked very diligently with the Suisun City Police Department and our fire department to literally kicking in doors and getting people out," Fire Chief Justin Vincent said.

The Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center was partially damaged.

"The staff originally didn’t want to leave their animals and the compromise given was that I ran back in with bolt cutters and cut the bolts on all the gates to let the foxes and the coyotes out," Vincent explained.

The majority of the animals are safe. A few flightless owls are being cared for.

A rig at the scene of a fire in Suisun City.
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The weather is perfect for a vegetation fire with temperatures hitting 100 degrees and shifting winds at 15 miles per hour, with low humidity.

Mutual aid from surrounding areas assisted. Some 200 firefighters are on the scene from three different counties. CAL FIRE had two tankers in the air, dropping fire retardant. Helicopters were also in the air dropping water.

Robert Hawkins lost his home.

"My motorcycles are gone, my guitars, everything," Hawkins told KCBS Radio. "I can't even drive my car. It’s all gone. I’m gonna cry."

Firefighters continue to protect homes and put out spot fires.

A firefighter douses a house in Suisun City during a marshland fire.
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