KERMAN, California (KGPE) – 1,100 tons of hay has caught fire in Fresno County, causing around $500,000 in damages and prompting a massive response from Fresno County Fire Department.
The so-called James Incident spread to nearby farm equipment and a semi-tractor trailer. The fire began Tuesday around 3 p.m. on James Road and Jensen Avenue, five miles west of Kerman.
“What was unusual for this area was the large amount of hay was stacked pretty close to a shop, some farm equipment, as well as two homes,” explained Batallion Chief Seth Brown.
Crews on scene are focussed on protecting a pair of homes nearby. Brown says the quick response helped save those properties.
“Firefighters were able to get hose lines in place quickly and protect the surrounding property, we’re estimating the property savings at this fire to be over a million dollars.”
Approximately 30 firefighters battled the fire. No injuries were reported.