FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — A 60-acre grass fire in northeast Fresno, which sent plumes of smoke into the skies above the city Thursday afternoon, started at a nearby commercial building, according to Cal Fire.
The large fire in the Woodward Lake area was fanned by strong winds, which spread flames as far as Friant Road and the Woodward Park trails.
Officials say the fire started around 5:00 p.m. in a 10,000 square foot commercial building, burning in the area of 10345 North Rice Road.
Fire crews from Fresno, Clovis, and the Air National Guard responded to the scene. A Fresno Police helicopter was heard asking over its loudspeaker that anyone in the area leave due to the fire’s unpredictability.
PG&E confirmed that the incident was not connected to any of its equipment but less than 20 customers had their power de-energized due to the fire.
Crews on the scene describe the fire as mostly under control. No injuries were reported.