Fire at California Air Force Base Destroys 80 Vacant Homes

A wind-whipped fire that destroyed at least 80 vacant homes Saturday at Travis Air Force Base is almost fully contained, officials said.

The eight-alarm fire started as a grass fire at about 3 p.m. and quickly spread to an area of the base that contained a housing development that had been slated for demolition. The fire did not require the evacuation of any of the occupied housing on the base.

"The fire is estimated to be 80 percent contained and isolated to the abandoned housing area," said Airman Kristin Rohrer in a statement.

Air base officials ordered residents on the base to stay indoors with windows closed in order to protect themselves from the smoke.

Air Force fire crews were aided by the Fairfield Fire Department and others from the region.

Travis Air Force Base is located about 38 miles southwest of Sacramento.