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Crews Battle Fires On Wednesday Across The North State Under Red Flag Conditions

A brisk wind drove a fire in North Redding Wednesday afternoon. It started at around 4 O’clock behind Perry’s Automotive Repair on Twin View Boulevard and quickly spread to both sides of Twin View, and over to Highway 273, according to Redding Fire Battalion Chief Eric McMurtry. Crews quickly established structure protection and limited property damage to exterior walls at Perry’s Automotive and Sign Creations. The value of the damage is estimated at 10 to 15 Thousand Dollars. About 3 acres of grass, brush and trees burned as well. Several roads were closed for a while. A Cal-Trans employee reported seeing a woman on foot near the ignition point of the fire. When she was located by fire investigators she reportedly confessed to carelessly discarding a cigarette butt in the dry grass. Charges against her are pending.

Just minutes prior to the fire reported in North Redding, several Redding Fire Department resources were already at the scene of a vegetation fire at the Clover Creek preserve off Shasta View Drive. Firefighters arrived around 4PM Wednesday afternoon to find about a quarter acre burning in dry grass and light brush and shrubbery, and they were able to contain it to less than a half acre, in part because a trail served as a fuel break, according to Redding Assistant Fire Marshal Ryan Masterson. Investigators say the cause was likely a carelessly discarded cigarette butt tossed onto a pile of wood chips.

A series of suspicious fires are under investigation in Tehama County. A little before 4 O’clock Wednesday afternoon two vegetation fires broke out along Northbound Interstate Five near Gyle Road. One apparently started near the bridge over Thomes Creek and the other one just north of there. Moments later a fire was reported a couple of miles to the north near Flores Avenue. One fire was reported to be stretching for about a mile and a half along the side of the freeway. The three fires were contained by around 6 O’clock after burning a combined total of 68 acres.

Cal-Fire crews got a fast jump on a vegetation fire in the Old Shasta area Wednesday afternoon. It was contained at around 4 O’clock off Walker Terrace near Rock Creek Road.

At about the same time as several other north state fires broke out, Anderson Fire Department was dispatched to the area of North Street and Ravenwood for a fire reported to be about a quarter acre. It was quickly contained.