Redding crews put out another 'human-caused' fire near Market Street

2022-09-24 02:34:26 By : Mr. Allen Wu

Firefighters extinguished a quarter-acre vegetation fire, burning in the early hours of Thursday near Market Street and Lake Boulevard in Redding.

The fire started at 1 a.m. next to Lost Lane, according to the Redding Fire Department. The road winds next to Market Street, behind the Masonic Temple and the Lake Boulevard Plaza Shopping Center.

Firefighters snuffed the fire out in less than an hour, Fire Prevention Specialist Camber Dietrich said in a news release. 

"Despite the steep terrain, firefighters were able to quickly control the fire — hold it to 1/4 acre and keep nearby structures safe from any damage," Dietrich said. 

Firefighters credited the city's use of goats to reduce flammable brush that helped keep the fire from spreading.

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"The goats had recently been in the area, and eaten and tamped down hazardous vegetation," Dietrich said in the report. That made it easier for firefighters to reach the blaze through the brush and on steep ground.

While the incident is still under investigation, a person caused the fire, Dietrich said. It's the tenth fire this season in the area known to have been caused by someone who is living on the streets in camps.

No one was hurt or injured in the fire, according to the report. 

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