May 19, 2016 1:44 AM by Darren Leeds
Butte County Firefighters moved quickly to contain several grass fires east of Chico Wednesday afternoon.
Crews stuck around late into Wednesday evening conducting mop up work.
The dry conditions around the area and the breezy winds turned three smaller fires into one large fire, just down the road from Tuscan Ridge Golf Course. The blaze started a little after 3pm Wednesday. East bound traffic on Skyway was down to one lane as crews worked along side the road battling the fire. John Messina a Battalion Chief with Cal Fire said a hand crew team who was on their way back from doing fuel reduction work in Magalia spotted the fire and started fighting it. Messina says without their quick action, the fire could have gotten much bigger.
Messina says, "It's a hot day today, it's windy. With the grass fuels, fires can get out of control really quick in this area. The advantage of having them here and getting to work was significant."
Messina says the fire burned a little more than three acres. He says even if there's a little green in the grasses, things are deceptively dry around the area. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.