August 17, 2008

Fire Contained at Calif. Air Force Base

Firefighters said Sunday they have contained a seven-alarm blaze at Travis Air Force Base northeast of Oakland, Calif., which burned 80 unoccupied homes.

The fire consumed an entire subdivision of former base housing that was slated for demolition and threatened 300 other buildings on the 66-year-old military facility before it was contained, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Officials said the fire started Saturday afternoon as a small grass fire near the front gate of the base near Fairfield, Calif., about 40 miles northeast of Oakland. But it quickly spread and burned 750 acres, with about 160 firefighters responding to the blaze. There were no reported injuries.

"The fire has entirely been limited to these unoccupied homes," Fairfield Fire Department spokeswoman Morgan Yahnke told the Chronicle. "There have been no evacuations."