Units from the Woodbridge Fire District quickly brought a fast-moving, wind-driven brush fire under control Monday afternoon. The fire burned approximately five acres behind a house on the east side of Highway 99 directly across from the Lodi Airport. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A few small out buildings behind the vacant house were destroyed. A foreclosure notice is attached to the front door of the house, and it appears to have been vacant for some time. The house was unharmed.Contact Randy to use images from this slideshow.
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As I was driving south on Highway 99, I noticed smoke in front of me about a mile away. I turned off and at first got a couple of shots from downwind of the fire. It was moving quickly over the dry grass toward a vineyard on the other side of a dirt road. The road made an effective fire break and kept the fire from spreading east through the grapes and toward occupied homes.
Then I moved over to the other side where the fire department had stationed its engines. From there I could see the damage the fire had caused to the out buildings and firefighters beginning to mop-up as the fire was contained and controlled.
A below normal rain year equals a high brush fire risk this year. Make sure to take precautions to reduce the risk.
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