Wind, Flames Creating Havoc Across Bay Area

Live chopper video shows smoke from grass fire in Solano County

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    Strong winds combined with dry grass fueled multiple fires throughout the region Friday. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle, Jeff Ranieri and Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    Grass fires and downed trees cropped up throughout the Bay Area Friday because of the dry, gusting winds rushing through the region.

    Red flag warnings were in place due to fierce winds and low humidity, which is expected to continue until Saturday morning.

    Wind, Flames Spark Havoc Across Bay Area

    [BAY] Wind, Flames Spark Havoc Across Bay Area
    Grass fires and downed trees cropped up throughout the Bay Area Friday because of the dry, gusting winds rushing through the region. NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez and Jeff Ranieri reports. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    A grass fire that started south of state Highway 12 in the Suisun City area Friday afternoon grew to about 1,000 acres early Saturday, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

    The eight-alarm fire, which happened about one mile south of Travis Air Force Base, is 100 percent contained, Cal Fire said as of 4 a.m. Saturday.

    Wind, Flames Creating Havoc Across Bay Area

    [BAY] Wind, Flames Creating Havoc Across Bay Area
    Grass fires and downed trees cropped up throughout the Bay Area Friday because of the dry, gusting winds rushing through the region. Cheryl Hurd and Jodi Hernandez reports. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    Solano Fire reported Saturday evening the fire charred a total of about 1,500 acres.

    The blaze, which was driven south by strong winds, triggered evacuations and road closures in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, according to Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister. It burned a hay barn and a couple of cars.

    Windy Weather Fuels Flames in East Bay

    [BAY] Windy Weather Fuels Flames in East Bay
    Grass fires and downed trees cropped throughout the Bay Area Friday because of the dry gusting winds rushing through the regio. There are red flag warnings because of the continuing fierce winds and low humidity until Saturday at 6 a.m. Chase Cain and Christina Loren report. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    Another grass fire in Vallejo was reported about the same time as the one near Suisun City.

    A two-alarm vegetation fire shut down an eastbound Interstate Highway 780 off-ramp in Benicia Friday afternoon. The grass fire near the highway and East Fifth Street was reported just before 3 p.m.

    Windy Weather Fuels Fire, Causes Trees, Scaffolding Down

    [BAY] Windy Weather Fuels Fire, Causes Trees, Scaffolding Down
    Smoke from a wildfire that's burned 375 acres in the Lake Berryessa area is wafting to San Francisco, so that residents in the city about 80 miles away have reported smelling it. Winds also to blame for downed trees and power lines in San Francisco. Chase Cain reports. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    And in Livermore, Alameda County firefighters battled a 150-acre blaze in grassy fields near Highland and Manning roads, where they were able to contain it before 10 a.m.

    In Contra Costa County's Martinez, a small grass fire was sparked about 12:45 a.m. Friday at the Tesoro Refinery.

    Red-Flag Warning: Fire Alert in Effect Until Saturday Morning

    [BAY] Red-Flag Warning: Fire Alert in Effect Until Saturday Morning
    A combination of gusty winds, low humidity and dry grasses -- cooked brown by summertime heat -- means a Red-Flag Warning is in effect for the Bay Area, where it's peak fire season. Jodi Hernandez reports. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    And smoke from a wildfire that burned 500 acres in the Lake Berryessa area wafted all the way to San Francisco, so that residents in the city about 80 miles away reported smelling it. As of late Friday afternoon, Cal Fire said the Napa County blaze was completely contained.

    MORE: Red-Flag Warning: Fire Alert in Effect Until Saturday

    Aside from fires, the gusts were also being blamed for why a tree fell in San Francisco on Masonic Avenue and Fell Street near the Panhandle, and why scaffolding fell into power lines at 20th and De Haro streets in Portrero Hill.

    Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol issued a high wind advisory for the Dumbarton and Bay bridges.

    According to the National Weather Service, winds could reach up to 50 mph, with the fiercest winds in the North Bay mountains and East Bay Hills.