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Grass fire scorches 160 acres south of Petaluma

Fire charred about 160 acres of pasture, eucalyptus trees and vineyards southeast of Petaluma Friday afternoon, driven by gusty wind pushing flames through the rolling hills.

Two helicopters and a half-dozen air tankers dropped water and pink flame retardant on flames on cow pasture behind Al Marcucci's barns on Niemela Road east of Lakeville Highway. Marcucci is a longtime board member of the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department.

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His 230 acres has been in his family for more than 100 years, he said.

"We never had a fire — except for the one on the stove," he said as fire crews doused flames and bulldozers carved out lines to stop the fire's advance.

"I'm very impressed by CalFire, Shell Vista, Wilmar," he said, naming some of the fire agencies that responded to the 2 p.m. fire.


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