Firefighters contain 45-acre brush fire near Benicia Bridge in Solano County

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SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Crews appear to have successfully contained a 45-acre fire burning in southern Solano County.

Reports of the fire started at 10:28 a.m.

NWS Bay Area tweeted that smoke may begin to move toward the Benicia bridge due to “the building Northerly winds.”

It took firefighters about two hours to get it under control, from the ground and air dropping water and fire retardant.

KRON4’s Gayle Ong spoke with a resident at their home who believes he may have started the fire using a power lawn mower to cut dry grass.

“I had a rock with the blade and then the rope made a sparkle and that’s how the fire started,” Rosenberg Rodriguez said. “But I didn’t even see it until I was doing one row and came back and I see the fire and I call my buddies to help me stop the fire but we couldn’t.”

Solano County is under an extreme drought — with fuel ready to burn.

Firefighters say it doesn’t take much to spark a wildfire under Red Flag conditions.

Despite what Rodriguez said, CAL Fire says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rodriguez was fined and it highly advised not to use power tools to cut dry grass during Red Flag Warnings.

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