North Fresno blaze along SB 41 near Friant Road threatens structures, prompts large firefighting response

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May 04 2021 05:30 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A reported vegetation fire along Highway 41 had spread into a north Fresno neighborhood, affecting multiple structures and prompting a large firefighting response, according to the Fresno Fire Department.

The blaze was reported around 9:20 a.m. on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of Highway 41 just north of Friant Road, said Deputy Chief Rich Cabral. Arriving crews found two fires were started off the freeway and called for more units as the blaze had spread through a significant wind.

Flames had spread up and into an adjacent neighborhood, threatening a total of six homes after winds carried the embers into tall trees.

Cabral said three of the homes caught fire from the embers and sustained only minor damage. The homes mostly had scorch damage while some had fires in the attic.

The fire department credited quick reaction from responding crews had prevented further damage to the homes.

Cabral said the fire department initiated a three-alarm response consisting of more than 50 crews from across the city as the blaze threatened structures. Off-duty firefighters were recalled for a period of time to fill any gaps in fire protection coverage across Fresno.

Crews patrolled the neighborhood to catch any potential flare ups and plan to check the area throughout the day as winds are expected to pick up.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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