Firefighters battle blaze at west Fresno County almond hulling plant near I-5

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Firefighters on Saturday are battling a massive blaze at a western Fresno County almond hulling plant, according to Fresno County Cal Fire.

The fire was reported around noon at Superior Almond Hulling in the area of Harland Avenue east of Highway 33 and Interstate 5, said spokesman Seth Brown. A total of five to seven large almond hull piles were on fire.

Firefighters were working with the property owner to disburse the pile while also protecting two threatened structures along with multiple farm trailers and vehicles.

Pacific Gas and Electric were also called to the scene to assess a pair of high voltage transmission lines that have been threatened by the fire.

The blaze produced a large amount of smoke that could be seen along Interstate 5 and other parts of the west side of the Valley.

A total of five engines and a chief were on scene.

In an afternoon update, authorities say structures are not threatened anymore but say the almond hull piles will continue to burn for several days.

Several pieces of farm equipment damaged were damaged due to the fire.

No injuries have been reported.

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