A four-alarm brush fire damaged several homes in a Vallejo neighborhood Tuesday, firefighters said.
The blaze was reported in the area of Skyline Drive and Silverview Court at around 5:15 p.m., the Vallejo Fire Department said.
Evacuation orders were in effect until about 10:30 p.m. for the following areas: Silverview Court, Pajaro Way, and Skyline Drive between Pajaro Way and Vervais Avenue.
"I got a text message from a friend and he called me saying that there was going to be an evacuation the hill’s on fire," said Louis Chiofalo of Vallejo.
The flames were moving fast towards homes so residents grabbed their garden hoses pouring water on their roofs and fences.
"We’re expecting a lot of hot weather during the next few days. There's still a lot of brush down there,” said Chiofalo.
Firefighters told some people to shelter in place while telling others to evacuate.
Vallejo fire called for mutual aid because of hot temperatures and dry terrain surrounding the homes. And another big problem was the wind.
“We had 15 to 20 homes threatened, we had ember casting in the houses off of Silverview, we had a few porches and houses catch fire as well,” said Cliff Campbell of the Vallejo Fire Department.
Six to eight homes burned, two of them with significant damage.
“It happened really quick, I saw it, I was amazed,” said Desiree Hansen of Vallejo. “I knew something was wrong, that's why I thought that house was on fire.”
One person was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Otherwise no one else was hurt.