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‘We Are Alive, Everyone Is Okay’: Vacaville Evacuees Happy To Get Out Of Homes In Time

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Thousands of Solano County residents were forced to leave with only the bare necessities as the LNU Lightning Complex Fires grew out of control. Many people are still waiting to find out if they’ll have a home to come back to.

Bright flames and smoke brought an early morning wake-up call for John Moya who said he only had minutes to escape.

“We are alive, we are alive, everyone is okay,” he said. “You could feel the heat and the wind blowing from the fire and the ash, it was too hot, I said, ‘We don’t have time, let’s just get out of here.’”

Moya’s home is one of the few still standing in his neighborhood on English Hills Road.

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Vacaville Man Says Neighbor Helped Save His Home As Fire Torched Property

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) – It’s probably some of the hardest steps to take and worst sights to see: gazing upon your property of nearly 20 years that now looks like a warzone.

Dilso Balthazar remembers waking up to bright light, thinking the sun had just come up, but it was only midnight.

“Looked at the clock and was like time to go to work and it was not. It was fire…and we evacuate,” Balthazar said.

Balthazar stayed behind to fight the fires. A lot of his contracting equipment and most of his property were lost in the blaze.

But there’s still one thing still standing after the fiery chaos — the thing everyone hopes survives:  home.

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Vacaville family flees home overnight as Hennessey Fire inched closer: ‘We just grabbed a bunch of clothes and jumped in the truck’

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — It’s a scenario all too familiar for Bay Area residents in recent years. As wildfires rage on and temperatures rise during this week’s heat wave, many across the the greater Bay Area are forced to gather their belongings and leave their homes, unsure of when they might return.

Gus Valerian, his wife Kersti and their 3-year-old twins, Lincoln and Emmy, awoke early Wednesday morning to knocking on the door of their Vacaville home.

It was time to evacuate as fire inched closer to their neighborhood at Pleasants Valley Road and Vaca Valley Road.

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Vacaville to keep McBride center open through Friday as temps, smoke rise

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VACAVILLE — The city announced Monday it will keep the McBride Senior Center open as a cooling center through Friday as Vacaville finds itself in a two-week stretch of daily temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher.

The run of century-mark days started Thursday when the high was 103 degrees. The hottest day during that stretch was 111 Saturday, though Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s highs are expected to be 110 degrees, according to Accuweather.com.

The average high for those 14 days is 94.43 degrees.

Vacaville uses the weather station at the Nut Tree Airport and the National Weather Service out of Sacramento for the data upon which it makes its decisions about the McBride center.

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Coronavirus: Distance learning in place as Vacaville students, teachers begin new year

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For the fifth year in a row, Orchard Elementary School teacher Jaxie Murray greeted her new class of kindergarteners, sang songs with them and had them do activities.

The difference this year is that she had to do all of that through her computer screen.

Vacaville Unified School District students returned Monday for the 2020-21 school year, a traditional rite of passage that serves as a new start for students each year. This year took that concept to another level. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Vacaville campuses remain closed for the time being, but students continue to attend classes through distance learning. By order of Gov. Gavin Newsom, schools in counties on the state’s watchlist for COVID-19 cases must start the year with distance learning and remain in the model until the county has been off the watchlist for 14 consecutive days.

Solano County is on the state’s watchlist, so VUSD students began the year by logging onto Zoom and receiving instruction from their teachers.

Murray said she was nervous leading up to the start of the year, but after meeting with her students and their parents, she felt more confident.

“It’s definitely a learning curve for everyone,” she said. “I feel very fortunate because leading up to today, I’ve had contact with a lot of my parents through email, and they’ve all been really positive in their messages back and forth…I feel like I’m in a good place with the families.”

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Vacaville School Board to take part in special closed session talks

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VACAVILLE — Members of the Vacaville School District governing board will meet in special closed session Tuesday to consider two items related to personnel.

People may comment on those items at the start of the meeting, but will be limited to three minutes each, with a 20-minute time limit for each item. The board is required by law to report any action that may be taken in the closed session.

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Little free food pantries pop up like mushrooms after rain across Solano

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A Food is Free Solano distribution stand was built recently at the home of Felicia Salinas in Suisun City. (Courtesy photo)

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City resident Felicia Salinas said the sign in her front yard is “simple and to the point.”

The wife, mother and nearly retired medical field worker said the Food is Free sign attached to the 5-foot-wide and 4-foot-tall pantry installed to offer free groceries, reads, “Take what you need, leave what you can. Above all be blessed.”

Salinas is just one of a rapidly growing number of locals who are jumping on the Food is Free Solano bandwagon, which was launched just weeks ago by Benicia resident Heather Pierini.

“There are 28 stands throughout the county including Benicia, Fairfield, Vallejo, Suisun, Vacaville and (Napa County’s) American Canyon,” Pierini said. “And we have connected with more than 100 agencies and organizations who have expressed interest in or have come and picked up food for distribution from us. We hit a million servings of produce – 238,000 pounds – on (July 20) – about 25 days since we started.”

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Coronavirus: Vacaville mask makers aid veterans, families in need

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Ronda Madrid said yes — and ended up touching the lives of local military veterans and families in need.

The ask — to sew masks for clients of Vacaville’s Navarre Corporation, which transports veterans to medical appointments at no charge.

The result — 300 masks made with the help of a fellow Vacaville friend and donations from grateful recipients going to Families Helping Families, a nonprofit founded by Anheuser Busch employees that provides 400 needy families with food every year.

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Vacaville dad spreads joy through ice cream

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Like all kids, Ryan Rucker loved ice cream.

Decades later, the Vacaville Parks and Recreation Commissioner has turned his passion into a sweet success his family, and the community, enjoys.

“Ice cream is just so fun. It just beings people together,” the married dad of two little girls advised on a recent day.

Apparently, “Be Ice Cream Or Be Nothing” was born just a few years ago after visiting his grandparents and blossomed from a hobby to a profession.

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Pavement work on I-80 on-, off-ramps set this week in Vacaville

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FAIRFIELD — Pavement work on Interstate 80 and Interstate 780 that started Monday night will continue overnight through early Friday in the Vacaville area, the state Department of Transportation announced over the weekend.

Here is the schedule:

During the off-ramp closures, motorist traveling on eastbound I-80 are encouraged to use the exit that follows the closure. During on-ramp closures, detour signs will be posted.

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