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SACRAMENTO - Fire crews battled a 40 to 50-acre grass fire on Kimball Island in the delta that broke out Tuesday afternoon.

The island isnear Antioch where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet and border Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento counties.

Solano County Fire dispatchers said the fire started at a home on the island. The flames fully engulfed the home and spread to the dry grass on the island. Three homes were destroyed in the fire.

"It should be green out here. And if you look today, this is January. If you look at it, it's dry just like in June," Montezuma Fire Protection DistrictAssistant Chief Dan Schindlersaid.

Solano County sheriff's Deputy Daryl Snedeker said 20 structures - including homes and cabins - are on the island. He said all 11 people were safely evacuated and no one was injured.

"They got everybody off, they either had their own boats andwent off the island just far enough they were safe," Schindler said.

Delta Fire Protection District out of Rio Vista, Montezuma Fire, River Delta Fire with the Sacramento County Fire Department, Suisun Fire District and a Cal Fire helicopter helped fight the grass fire.

"We weren't going tosave the island, but we do the best we can to save the structures and out of all the structures out here we lost onlythree of them and we protected the rest of them," Schindler said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Sacramento County Marine Patrol units also responded to the fire. Coast Guard Lt. Jared Hood said his crew was not equipped to battle fires on land, but can make sure people are safe. He said four people were evacuated by the crew and seven people left the island on their own boats.

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