Fire burns cabins on Kimball Island across river from Antioch today

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A helicopter drops water on the fire on Kimball Island across the San Joaquin river from Antioch’s waterfront, today. By Allen Payton

By Allen Payton

What Antioch residents and downtown business owners thought was an annual controlled burn on the islands across the river from Antioch’s historic Rivertown district, turned out to be an out of control fire that consumed acres of grass land and several structures, including cabins on Kimball Island, today.

According to other news reports, it started about 2:30 p.m. People parked along and lined Second Street in downtown Antioch to watch the effort by two helicopters to douse the flames that were leaping into the air. The darker smoke that occurred periodically was the result of one of the structures going up in flames.

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Flames can be seen on Kimball Island, today. By Allen Payton

The fire appeared under control by about 5:30 p.m. when a boat full of firefighters from the River Delta Fire District, based in Isleton, headed across the river to finish off the flames.

 

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River Delta Firefighters prepare to leave Antioch’s old boat launch to head across the river to douse the remaining flames. By Allen Payton

For more information and photos, visit http://www.news10.net/news/article/268674/2/Grass-fire-forces-evacuations-of-Kimball-Island.

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A helicopter attempts to douse the final flames on Kimball Island, during the fire, today. By Allen Payton

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A helicopter attempts to douse the final flames on Kimball Island, during the fire, today. By Allen Payton
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One Comment to “Fire burns cabins on Kimball Island across river from Antioch today”

  1. skip says:

    This is the 5th fire near or in the rivertown area that has been set in the last 3 months. It would be nice of the authorities to warn residents if they are connected?

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