Walnut Shell Processing Facility continues to burn in Corning

Apr 28, 2016 2:02 PM by Debbie Cobb


A massive fire at the Eco Shell Plant North of Corning is still burning tonight, 18 hours after it started. The plant is on Grange Road in Richfield, near Hwy 99.

Dozens of firefighters remain at the location, as flames continue to burn the walnut shell milling and grinding facility. Officials with Tehama County and CalFire say 11 engines will continue to staff this fire throughout the night.

The walnut shells and other items in the building were extremely flammable. The fire is so hot, investigators have not been able to begin the process of determining the cause. No one was hurt, and all employees of the business have been accounted for tonight. No word on the exact dollar amount of damage, but one firefighter says, by the time it's all over, there's a good chance at least 3 of the walls, if not the entire building will be on the ground.


Tehama county fire crews remain at the scene of a major fire at a processing plant near Corning Thursday morning. No one was injured in the fire and all employees of the plant have been accounted for.

It started shortly before eleven last night at the Eco Shell Company, on Highway 99 West near

Orangewood Avenue in the Richfield area, north of Corning.

Smoke is still billowing into the air this morning. Fire Crews said the fire has been contained to one building but the building is a total loss.

“We’re out here with more resources on the way,” said Kevin Colburn, public information officer for Cal Fire Tehama County. “We’re still battling flames. We expected to be working towards containment for the next day or so.”

Fire crews on scene began their attack on the inside the building but shifting wind conditions forced firefighters to evacuate and fight the fire from the outside of the building.

Fire officials said the collapse of the building is a possibility.

The company grinds walnut shells for use as abrasive material.

We have a crew at the scene and will bring you more on this story, at noon.


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