UPDATE: The Nelson Fire has been 100 percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.
#NelsonFire [final] near Nelson Rd and Cherry Glen Rd, Vacaville (Solano County) is now 100% contained at 2,162 acres. Unified Command: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, Solano County Fire pic.twitter.com/BnnaZBSqad
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 12, 2018
SOLANO COUNTY — The Vacaville Police Department reported a grass fire burning in the area of Nelson Road Friday afternoon.
A large plume could be seen sending smoke East towards the city of Vacaville. Officers evacuated homes in the Paradise Valley area of Fairfield due to the Nelson Fire.
There was panic in Solano County as flames destroyed at least one structure and barreled through hills.
“We never expected it to get this close… heartbreaking,” expressed Julio Vasquez.
Vasquez is one of a few left on Home Drive off Peabody Road in Vacaville where the Nelson fire burned through acres of dry land just behind dozens of homes.
“Nothing can prepare you for something like this,” said Vasquez.
He packed his family and belongings in a car and sent them off.
Vasquez stayed behind to make sure the wind didn’t push embers on his house.
“Most of us would like to see our house is protected, anything you can do to save your house,” Vasquez said.
Thick black smoke fills the air, ash rains down as many take in the terrifying view and some wonder when they can go home.
“They were very very adamant for no one goes in,” stated Sarah Teranishi, evacuee.
As Teranishi waits to get back into her Fairfield community on Estates Drive, she says what everyone is thinking, “there’s been so many fires it seems like it’s an everyday thing now.”
A reminder that wildfire season is far from over.
Saturday morning, the Nelson Fire burned 1,700 acres and was 70 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
The Vacaville Fire Department says two outbuildings and one house were damaged or destroyed.