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Three-Alarm Grass Fire Threatened Homes In Fairfield, Evacuations Lifted

FAIRFIELD (CBS13) — A three-alarm grass fire burned dangerously close to homes in Fairfield Monday evening.

The blaze started around 4:40 p.m., according to the Fairfield Fire Department. It's threatening homes in the area of Mountain Meadow Drive.

Fairfield Fire Chief, Tony Velasquez, said so far no homes have been damaged or injuries reported. According to Velazquez, the Mountain Meadow Fire is approximately 60 acres.

Fairfield Police evacuated several streets including Scotch Pine Ct, Early Amber Ct, and Sierra Ct. Evacuations were lifted around 7:30 p.m. and residents were being let back into their homes. Approximately 30 homes were evacuated.

Flames came just feet from the backyard of Arjun and Nanki Johal's home.

"It's scary to just see flames and think that your whole world could go up," said Arjun.

The mother and son saw the flames start and called for help.

"It went from being very small to maybe 40-50 feet long within 30 seconds," said Arjun. "If the wind happened to be blowing this direction, instead of that direction it would've been our house that caught on fire," he said.

Firefighters say the wind shifted the fire toward vegetation and away from homes. Crews are still working on hot spots and the main problem area near Cordelia Road.

"With the fire and the wind and the rapid rate of speed, we were really concerned of it jumping down. It could have really gotten into a lot of open area," said Chief. Velasquez.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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