Smoke was visible San Mateo County Friday afternoon due to a 1,000-acre grass fire in Solano County, emergency officials said.
Because of high winds the smoke is drifting south from Solano County. Emergency officials are asking San Mateo County residents to not call 911 to report the drifting smoke from this blaze.
The grass fire started south of state Highway 12 in the Suisun
City area Friday afternoon and had grown to more than 1,000 acres as of 3:30 p.m., a Cal Fire
The eight-alarm fire was about 50 percent contained, Cal Fire
spokesman Daniel Berlant said also as of 3:30 p.m.
At least one structure has been destroyed by the fire, and around
five to 10 others were threatened.
The fire, which is being driven south by strong winds, triggered
evacuations and road closures in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, according
to Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister.
Berlant said the large fire is one of several in the North Bay
being fanned by strong winds Friday.
The hot, dry windy conditions have triggered red flag warnings in
"This fire is evidence of what these gusty offshore winds can do
and why it's so important everyone be careful out there today," Berlant said.
The fire has caused reports of smoke throughout the East Bay and
even as far away as San Francisco and the Peninsula.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District this afternoon issued
a smoke advisory warning Bay Area residents, especially those with asthma and
other respiratory issues, to stay inside with the windows and doors closed as
much as possible.