Winds fuel fires in San Jose, Solano county

More than 4,500 acres in rural Solano County burned Sunday, damaging at least two buildings,
fire agencies reported on social media.

The Branscombe Fire, named for the rural road east of Suisun City along Highway 12 near which the blaze started, was first reported about 11 a.m. today.

The Suisun Fire Protection District is the lead agency fighting the fire, but crews from Cal Fire, Suisun City, Montezuma, Benicia, American Canyon, Vallejo and Travis Air Force Base were also fighting the blaze with trucks and water tenders as well as helicopters and airplanes.

There were other brush fires in the Bay Area Sunday, including one in south San Jose, near Highway 101 and Coyote Creek Golf Course.

Reports of heavy smoke around the Bay Area prompted warnings from air quality officials and local fire and police departments for affected individuals to stay indoors.

Smoke and ash from a four-alarm fire in Solano County settled throughout the East Bay and parts of the South Bay due to northerly winds, according to Kristine Roselius,spokesperson for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Several police and fire departments throughout the region received inquiries from residents concerned by the heavy smoke.

Red Flag conditions will continue through Monday for most of the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

The blaze in San Jose started around 2 p.m. in the 1000 block of Monterey Street.

The four-alarm blaze near Suisun City was first reported near Highway 12 at 10:46 a.m., according to a Solano County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher.

Smoke was visible across a wide area and could be seen from several Bay Area locations.

Firefighters from multiple agencies in the region have sent crews to the blaze, including crew from Suisun City, Montezuma, Benicia, American Canyon, Vallejo and Travis Air Force Base.

At one point, the fire closed down Highway 12 near Branscombe Road in Solano County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for several Northern California counties due to dry conditions and high winds.

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