FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Crews battling a fire on the 32000 Block of Auberry Road Wednesday afternoon have contained it to a one-acre area, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
The fire was first reported around noon when Fresno County Fire was alerted to flames at a log deck around 30 feet tall that was threatening surrounding wildland. Crews report that there was a lot of flammable material and retardant drops from aircraft were requested to help control the flames.
“Right now, that’s about the only resource we can use to get directly on top of the wood deck itself, to help not only contain it but knock down some of the heat,” said Fresno County Fire Division Chief Michael Bowman. “Right now our priority is to lessen the firebrands that come out of the wood deck. As the wind picks up, it starts lifting some of the old bark that are on fire and throws it into the vegetation – so we’re trying to contain that by using aircraft.”
At its peak, over 130 firefighters worked to control the blaze. Crews will remain on the scene for up to five days to ensure the flames do not start up again. The local electricity supply was cut as a precaution.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.