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Fire burns 50 acres in Benicia

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fire crews have contained most of a grass fire burning in an open space area in Benicia that has now grown to 50 acres, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

Crews responded to reports of a fire near an industrial park in the 4500 block of California Court around 2:20 p.m., according to a Benicia fire dispatcher.

The fire, which is burning near Lake Herman Road about a mile west of Interstate Highway 680, spread quickly, fueled by 20 mph winds and dry conditions, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

Crews had contained about 60 percent of the blaze and stopped the fire's forward spread as of 4:45 p.m., Berlant said.

No buildings were threatened by the fire and no injuries were reported.

Berlant advised motorists on Highway 680 to drive cautiously, as smoke from the fire may cause a distraction during the evening commute.

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