Vegetation fire raging west of Vacaville grows to 150 acres

SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KTVU) -- A moderately sized wildland fire in Solano County had grown to 150 acres and was 25 percent contained as of early Monday afternoon, according to fire officials.

Crews from Vacaville and as far away as Marin County, Contra Costa County and even Davis were in the hills west of Vacaville fighting the stubborn fire.

All day, Mix Canyon Road near Vacaville looked like a war zone. It was smokey, with choppers flying overhead, and troops going head to head with flames in unfriendly territory.

"The terrain is very steep. The roads are very narrow [with] limited access. It is hot. It is dry. The winds are shifting and changing," explained Calfire Captain Joe Fletcher.

The fire started around 10:40 am, as a vehicle fire on Sky Ranch Lane. It was a pickup truck that burst into flames. The fire quickly spread to the surrounding brush, then jumped the road where it raced along Mix Canyon.

"About 225 firefighters are working the fire. Initially, there were about ten or twelve residential structures threatened. We have resources in place, defending those structures. The fire's probably come within 100 feet of some of them," added Captain Fletcher.

But officials say the residents all appeared to have good defensible space around their homes, helping crews protect them. As of mid-afternoon, no one had been ordered to evacuate.

Still, KTVU met a visibly nervous woman who was getting out.

"Scary. Really scary," said Lynn Lasneski as she was in her car about to drive away. "Fortunately for me, I rent, so scary for my landlord. Of course, I have cats and all my possessions are up there."

Fire officials said they expected to knock it down significantly overnight.