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Arcata Firefighters Keep Fast-Moving Vegetation Fire Confined

Author: Justin McDonald, Interim Fire Chief, Arcata FD

Copyright: 9-1-1 Magazine, Feature Content

Date: 2013-05-29
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Above: Firefighters mop up hot spots after keeping a brush and debris fire away from threatened homes and pastureland.

Arcata (Calif.) Fire District personnel responded to a report of a vegetation fire in the area of Foster Avenue at Dolly Varden Road in Arcata just after 5 p.m. on April 25, 2013. Firefighters arrived and found a large area of brush and debris burning near Foster Avenue. They began extinguishing the fire with a hoselay over the fence and into the pasture area. While firefighters were extinguishing the brush fire, a shed on a nearby property caught fire and threatened the adjacent house. Quick action by firefighters kept the fire from spreading beyond the shed, which was destroyed.

According to Assistant Chief Desmond Cowan, “It appears that the combination of unusually warm, dry, and windy weather we had the last couple of days made conditions perfect for embers to ignite the roof of the old shed. Fortunately, our firefighters were able to control the fire before it damaged the house.” There is no damage estimate for the destroyed shed. Residents told the firefighters that it was an abandoned and rotten shed that they hadn’t been inside in 7 or 8 years. Investigators believe that the brush fire was a result of an unattended control burn. Thirteen Arcata firefighters responded to the fire along with four personnel from Humboldt Bay Fire.

Photos by Amy Sawyer Long, official photographer of the Arcata Fire Dept.

Left: Arcata firefighter Ross McDonald keeps dispatch updated using his department's Kenwood Tk-2180 portable radio.

Above Right: An Arcata firefighter hoses down the ruins of a shed destroyed in the fire.

- From-The-Field/9-1-1magazine.com (via Arcata FD, 4/25/13)

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