August 18, 2008

California Air-Base Fire Damaged 230 Homes

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- The military says a wind-whipped fire at a California air base damaged more vacant homes than previously thought -- at least 230.

Air Force Maj. Vanessa Hillman said Sunday that the 190 homes and 40 duplexes burned in the fire at Travis Air Force Base were slated for demolition anyway.

The blaze started as a grass fire Saturday and quickly spread to a development that once housed service members. Officials had said at least 80 vacant homes burned.

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