A 10-acre brush fire Monday in a steep canyon just outside Vacaville may predict a dire fire season.
Vacaville Fire District Deputy Chief Doug Rogers said a permitted burn by a homeowner got away and raced up Oak Valley Canyon burning brush and high grass.
The fire put up a column of white smoke that could be seen ten miles away. It was controlled at the top of the ridge above the canyon. About a dozen homes were unscathed because the fire went up the ridge away from the structures.
“It was surprising how fast it got away. There’s a lot of dry grass and low humidity. It looks like it will a difficult fire season,” said Rogers.
Cal Fire hand crews had the aid of helicopter water drops. They put a firebreak around the area with the help of a bulldozer. High winds are expected tomorrow and firefighters will keep an eye on hotspots for the next two days to make sure there are no flare ups.