530 Fire Watch: Forward progress stopped after fire burns 1-2 acres near Benton Airpark

Staff reports Published 6:10 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020Grass fire burns near Benton AirparkRedding firefighters went

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Grass fire burns near Benton Airpark

Redding firefighters went to Benton Airpark on Wednesday afternoon where a small fire was burning on the southeast corner of the airfield.

The fire department received reports of the fire just after 2:30 p.m. The first crew said the fire was about a half-acre with a slow rate of spread.

Forward progress was stopped just after 3 p.m. The blaze burned 1 to 2 acres, crews told dispatchers.

The fire was burning on both sides of a fence at Placer Street and Walnut Avenue.

Grass fire burns near auction yard in Cottonwood

Tuesday Sept. 8

Two vegetation fires burned in the Cottonwood area Tuesday morning before firefighters brought them under control.

The first, smaller fire was called the Point Fire. It started about 9 a.m. and burned 1 acre at Gas Point Road and Shire Horse Lane, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The larger Cattle Fire was was reported about 9:25 a.m. near the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard. The grass fire burned a barn and was heading south from Cattleman Drive toward Trefoil Lane before it was contained at 5 acres.

Paramedics were called to the scene for a person who suffered smoke inhalation.

A firefighting plane dropped fire retardant to bring the flames under control.

Faulty outlet on dry grass starts fire; second fire damages two homes

Monday, Sept. 7

An outdoor electrical outlet is blamed for starting a vegetation fire in the backyard of a home in west Redding. It was the first of two fires the Redding Fire Department reported on Monday.

The second fire in north Redding caused damage to two homes and an outbuilding and two people were treated for smoke inhalation. One of them was taken to a hospital while the other was treated at the scene and released, fire officials said.

The structure fire was reported at 6:03 p.m. in the 900 block of Mountain Shadows Boulevard and is under investigation. It tied up crews for about three and a half hours.

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The grass fire in the 4000 block of Meander Drive was reported it 2:25 p.m. It burned a 20-foot-by-20-foot spot of dry grass that residents were able to extinguish before firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

Cause of two grass fires under investigation

Monday, Sept. 7

Redding fire officials are investigating the cause of two blazes reported over the weekend.

One of the fires burned a spot in a vacant lot at 1550 Chestnut St. That fire was reported at 5:37 p.m. Saturday and was extinguished by neighbors. There were no damages in the incident, the fire department said.

The second fire was reported at 12:24 p.m. on Sunday. It was burning vegetation around Clear Creek Road and Highway 273 before crews stopped it at 2 acres. The flames damaged a residential wood fence and there were no injuries, according to the fire department. 

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Fire crews remained on scene for two and a half hours for mop up.

In its safety message to the public, officials reminded landowners to clear dry grasses and brush on their property to reduce the risk of fire.

Crews put out fire sparked by metal grinding operation

Thursday, Sept. 3

A vegetation fire burned a half-acre at 2915 Innsbruck Drive on Thursday and caused about $4,000 in damages, according to the Redding Fire Department. 

Firefighters responded at 6:47 p.m. and contained the blaze in 10 minutes. No injuries were reported, fire officials said. 

Fire investigators determined the cause was accidental due to a metal grinding operation on a nearby building, fire officials said in a statement Thursday night.

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"Sparks can and do cause fires. Always maintain awareness of your surroundings when operating power tools. Never operate equipment that produces sparks near dry vegetation," fire officials wrote as their safety message to the public.

The fire quickly spread due to dry grass and wind present during the incident. A nearby structure was damaged in the fire, fire officials said.

Firefighters extinguish fires at Henderson Open Space

Tuesday, Sept.  1

Two separate vegetation fires that happened almost at the same time each burned a half-acre at the Henderson Open Space, according to the Redding Fire Department.

The fires tied up firefighters for about three hours after they were reported around 8:15 p.m. Monday, fire officials said in a statement released on Tuesday.

One of the fires burned in a remote part of the area and took hours to put out because it burned in thick vegetation. The second fire at the end of Knollcrest Drive threatened a structure, but crews were able to quickly stop it from extending to the building. 

Henderson Open Space is known for having a large homeless population. The fire is believed to have been started by someone, the fire department said. 

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"With the hot, dry and windy conditions the North State is experiencing, it is important to be extra cautious in any activities that could cause fires," fire officials said.

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