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530 Fire Watch: Grease leads to grill fire on Hilltop Drive

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Cause undetermined for fire of travel trailer

August 8

The Redding Fire Department is investigating a fire that damaged a travel trailer Thursday evening. 

The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. on the 11000 block of Scott Road in Redding. 

Firefighters said the trailer was unoccupied and the fire was "well-involved" when they got there. 

No one was hurt, but the trailer sustained major damage of around $3,000, the fire department said. 

The cause is under investigation. 

Grease leads to grill fire on Hilltop Drive

Redding firefighters said built-up grease led to a grill fire on Hilltop Drive that caused $5,000 in damage. 

Firefighters said the fire broke out around 3:45 p.m. Friday on the 1900 block of Hilltop. 

The fire started on the grill, and the appliance's hood was able to keep it from spreading much, firefighters said. But firefighters still had to put out the remaining fire and stay on scene to get smoke out of the building, they said. 

The Redding Fire Department said accumulated grease ended up being the cause, so people should remember to keep grease and other flammable materials — including grease vapors — away from flames and hot surfaces. 

Crews respond to vegetation fire near Shingletown

July 31

12:35 p.m. UPDATE

The fire was between 3½ and 4 acres with difficult access for firefighters, according to scanner traffic.

12:15 p.m. UPDATE

The fire was holding at 2½ acres with retardant drops from an air tanker and water drops from a helicopter.

ORIGINAL STORY

A 2-acre vegetation fire was reported at 11:20 a.m. Friday in the Shingletown area.

The fire was first reported in the area of Ponderosa Way and Inwood Road, but the location has been updated to Inwood and Whitmore roads in the Bear Creek drainage.

A column of smoke was visible from the valley, according to scanner reports.

Check back for updates.

Shed fire spreads to neighbor's shed, greenbelt

July 29

Redding firefighters extinguished two shed fires early Wednesday as the flames spread to a greenbelt as well.

Crews went to the 4800 block of Tralee Lane at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday where they found a 12-by-18-foot shed burning down. The fire had spread to a neighbor's shed and extended to a quarter-acre of greenbelt, the Redding Fire Department said in a news release.

Firefighters were able to contain the fires within a half-hour.

Investigators blamed the fire on faulty electrical equipment.

Here's the fire department's safety message:

"Always use a licensed electrician and ensure all components are rated for the load that you plan on putting on the electrical system."

Bridge Fire burns near Lake Shasta

July 28

Crews have stopped the forward spread of a wildfire that started Monday night near Packers Bay at Lake Shasta.

The Bridge Fire was 16 acres and 10% contained Tuesday morning, according to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Lightning started the fire ed about 9 p.m. Monday and 110 personnel responded overnight.

The Forest Service sent 13 engines, two crews and a water tender.

Fire threatened Redding homes

July 21

A 1-acre vegetation fire threatened homes at Mountain View Drive until firefighters extinguished the flames Monday night.

The Redding Fire Department got a report at 6:03 p.m. Monday of a fire in the 5600 block of Mountain View Drive.

Crews put out the flames in about 20 minutes.

No injuries were reported and the fire's cause is under investigation.

Here's the fire department's safety message:

"Always provide a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around all structures. Clear annual grasses and dead and down brush throughout the year. For questions regarding defensible space, contact the Redding Fire Department at 530-225-4141.

Platina Fire grows southwest of Redding

July 20

The Platina Fire grew to 250 acres overnight and was 15% contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported Monday morning.

By Monday evening, crews had gotten a better handle on the fire, and Cal Fire said it was 340 acres and 30% contained.

The wildland fire is burning about 21 miles southwest of Redding where it started before 4 p.m. Sunday at Platina and Big Foot roads, Cal Fire said.

The fire's cause is under investigation.

The fire was at 50 acres at 8 p.m. Sunday when it was zero percent contained so crews are making progress.

"Windy conditions increased fire activity in the southwest area of the fire during the night, then subsided in the early morning hours moderating the fire behavior and allowing firefighters to make progress on containment," Cal Fire said at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

There are no evacuations and no road closures. No structures have been damaged or destroyed.

Hog Fire

The largest fire in Northern California is the 12,188-acre Hog Fire west of Susanville in Lassen County.

The fire started Saturday at the Hog Flat Reservoir and is still burning out of control with zero containment as of Monday night.

a close up of a car going down the street: The Badger Fire burns north of Yreka in Siskiyou County in this photo from Sunday morning. © California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection via Twitter The Badger Fire burns north of Yreka in Siskiyou County in this photo from Sunday morning.

Badger Fire

Meanwhile, the Badger Fire several miles north of Yreka in Siskiyou County has burned 490 acres and was 30% contained Monday night.

Cal Fire says crews are having a difficult time increasing containment due to steep terrain and limited access.

Cal Fire said Monday night all evacuation orders have been downgraded to evacuation warnings. Residents of Hawkinsville had been under evacuation orders since Saturday night.

The blaze started Saturday at Badger Mountain and Hawkinsville-Humbug roads.

a man standing in front of a car: U.S. Forest Service incident commander Keith Smyth and Brent Kissick go over strategy to control the Gibson Fire on Sunday. © U.S. Forest Service U.S. Forest Service incident commander Keith Smyth and Brent Kissick go over strategy to control the Gibson Fire on Sunday.

Gibson Fire

Firefighters have fully contained the Gibson Fire, which burned 35 acres north of Lakehead along Interstate 5.

"Firefighters have been working throughout the night and have it 50% mopped up," the Shasta-Trinity National Forest reported.

Two water-scooping planes loaded water from Lake Shasta to drop on the flames Sunday.

Two wildfires in Shasta County burn about 70 acres

July 19

Fire crews are battling two wildfires in Shasta County, one about 20 miles north of Redding near Interstate 5 and the other in the far western part of the county.

The Gibson Fire north of Lakehead had burned about 20 acres Sunday night along I-5. Caltrans closed down one lane of northbound I-5 while crews worked on extinguishing the blaze.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials first reported that blaze at about 5 p.m.

Another fire about 21 miles southwest of Redding is estimated to be burning 150 acres in the Ono area, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said Sunday night in a report. It is 10% contained.

The Platina Fire, reported at 3:47 p.m. in the area of Platina Road and Big Foot Road, was not threatening structures, an official said earlier Sunday.

"Air tankers from throughout the State are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow," Cal Fire said in its report.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

'Bored' suspect arrested on suspicion of arson

July 19

A man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of arson after officials said he deliberately set a fire near the Sacramento River Trail near the McConnell Arboretum and Gardens.

The fire, which started about 2:40 a.m., burned about a quarter acre of grass and brush near the gardens, according to the Redding Fire Department.

Officials said the man told fire investigators that he was bored and so he started a fire. He was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of felony arson, officials said.

Redding fire officials' press release did not include the man's name or what city he lived in.

Electrical fire does $80,000 damage to home

July 12

A late-night electrical fire caused an estimated $80,000 damage to a house in northeast Redding on Saturday.

The fire was reported shortly after 11 p.m. at 19358 Carnegie Court, a two-story home north of Highway 299 and east of Interstate 5, according to the Redding Fire Department.

When fire crews arrived at the home they saw flames on the outside of the home burning up into the eaves and into the attic vent, fire department officials said.

Crews knocked the fire down but had to wait until Redding Electric Utility arrived to shut off power to the home before finishing extinguishing the fire, officials said. The fire was contained to the outside of the building, the attic and the garage, officials said.

Department officials said the fire was caused by a malfunction at the electrical breaker panel. Firefighters estimated the blaze did $60,000 to the building and $20,000 damage to the contents of the home.

Tree falling on power line sparks 1-acre fire that caused $50,000 in damage

July 7

A 1-acre fire northwest of Redding Monday night burned an acre and caused $50,000 in damage after destroying an outbuilding, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. 

The Pines Fire was reported around 9:20 p.m. near the intersection of Whispering Pines Drive and Rock Creek Road. 

a large tree in a field: A fire burned 1 acre northwest of Redding Monday night, as seen in this contributed picture. © Christine Cole A fire burned 1 acre northwest of Redding Monday night, as seen in this contributed picture.

It eventually grew to an acre in size and caused $50,000 in damage after destroying an outbuilding, Cal Fire said.

The agency determined a tree falling into power lines what sparked the blaze. 

Dry conditions lead to burn ban 

July 6

Noting the dry conditions and high fire danger, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is no longer issuing permits to burn landscape debris outdoors in Shasta and Trinity counties.

The ban on outdoor burning took effect Monday, July 6. Agricultural, land management, fire training and other industrial-type burning may continue, as long as Cal Fire inspects the burn site and issues a special permit, Cal Fire officials said.

Since Jan. 1, there have been 3,562 wildland fires statewide, Cal Fire said. 

Campfires are still allowed, as long as there is a permit and the fires are built to prevent spread to wildland. Campfire permits are available from fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org.

Illegal fireworks may have started grass fire in Redding

July 5

A 2-acre vegetation fire off Hilltop Drive on Sunday night may have been started by people setting off illegal fireworks, the Redding Fire Department said.

While the fire is under investigation, witnesses told firefighters they heard what sounded like fireworks before the blaze started, a Redding Fire Department news release said.

The fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. in the area of Peppertree Lane and Hilltop Drive.

The fire was about three-quarters of an acre when firefighters showed up and additional engines were requested. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to contain the fire and hold it to 2 acres.

There were no injuries.

Structure fire in Jones Valley spreads to vegetation

July 4

Firefighters went to 14000 Cub Trail in Jones Valley on Saturday evening where flames from a structure fire spread to the vegetation.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection received the call at 5:18 p.m. Saturday.

The fire is south of Elk Trail East and northeast of Bella Vista. The fire was a quarter-acre to a half-acre in size at 5:35 p.m. with a slow rate of spread, according to scanner reports.

The two-story home that's on fire is abandoned and neighbors were making good progress in keeping the fire from spreading.

An air tanker has been requested.

Big rig catches fire on southbound I-5 north of Lakehead

July 4

A semi-truck caught fire and was dest Saturday afternoon on southbound Interstate 5 about a mile north of the Dog Creek off-ramp, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The big rig hit a guard rail and went into a hillside just after 2:30 p.m., according to the CHP’s traffic incident page.

The driver was stuck inside the cab, which was on fire. There was no immediate word on the driver’s condition although a coroner was later called to the scene.

The fire spread to vegetation and was burning about a quarter-acre in the Vollmers area, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest said on Twitter.

The freeway’s slow lane was closed at 3:40 p.m. about five miles north of Lakehead.

Crews at house fire off Balls Ferry Road

July 4

Firefighters were at an attic fire at a home in the 4400 block of Webb Road southeast of Anderson that started Saturday morning.

The report of a structure fire came in at 10:34 a.m. after callers said black smoke was coming from the area. The location is between Lone Tree Road and Balls Ferry Road.

Other engines and water tenders that were en route have been canceled.

Redding firefighters believe small blaze off Interstate 5 caused by homeless

7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 2

Redding Fire Department investigators believe a small vegetation fire that burned Thursday near the Hilltop Drive-Interstate 5 overpass in Redding was caused by homeless people.

The fire was reported around 5:15 p.m. and burned about a quarter of an acre, according to a news release from investigators. No injuries were reported.

Investigators said there was a homeless encampment with a "large amount of trash in the fire's footprint."

They said it was the second vegetation fire in the city Thursday found in green belt areas known for homeless camps.

"There (were) also two vegetation fires (Wednesday) that (the) Redding Fire Department responded to in known areas of transient camps," read the news release. "All these fires have been determined to be human caused."

The release stated 20 firefighters responded to the blaze and that the fire was under control in 10 minutes. 

UPDATE: Redding fire crews extinguish vegetation fire that closed Railroad Ave.

Wednesday, July 1

It took six Redding fire engines to extinguish a vegetation blaze that was reported at 10 a.m. on Wednesday that went on to burn nearly an acre of land near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Buenaventura Blvd. in Redding.

Railroad Avenue was blocked in both directions for more than an hour due to the fire, said Redding Fire Battalion Chief Mike Sawyer.

The fire which consumed grass, brush and downed logs, was likely caused by human activity, said Sawyer.  The cause of the fire reported at the base of a private driveway remains under investigation, he said.

The main fire, which included a few smaller spot fires, was deemed contained at about 11 a.m. 

No homes were threatened by the fire, Sawyer said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Redding firefighters were responding to a vegetation fire that was reported near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Buenaventura Blvd. in Redding shortly after 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

Traffic to the area is being limited, according to authorities.

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