As the first responding fire engines were en route to the fire they witnessed the large column of smoke and flames from over a mile away from the fire. When the first arriving fire engine arrived within around 3 minutes, they located an approximately 10-foot high pile of hay, that was approximately 100’X100’ well involved with fire. “ Initial crew priorities were to protect the immediate structures exposed to the west and south that included the feed store and gas station,” SBCoFD spokesman Jeremy Kern said in a news release.
Firefighters rushed in with large diameter hose lines from the engine and aerial truck ladders, quickly mitigating the threat to exposures. Although the fire took approximately 45 minutes to knock down, no structures were damaged as a result of the fire. Extensive mop up was necessary to ensure that the fire was completely extinguished and no flare ups would occur. Crews remained on scene for several hours to monitor the scene officials said. A total of 40 firefighters responded to the fire including nine engines, two truck companies, one medic ambulance, one inmate crew, one dozer, one investigator, and two chief officers.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire and the cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.
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