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Fire crews contain escaped control burn in Orland

Firefighters contained an escaped control burn on Wednesday morning.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 11:41 AM
Updated: Feb 5, 2020 12:42 PM

ORLAND, Calif. – Firefighters contained an escaped control burn on Wednesday morning.

Second Assistant Fire Chief for Orland Volunteer Fire Department, David Kelly said before they arrived they discovered a threat to structures on Road 25 near Highway 99W around 10:45 a.m.

At one point the fire threatened buildings at a well drilling company. It destroyed one vehicle and damaged a second, and smoke was visible for drivers near Interstate 5.

"Anytime you have a control burn, you want to maintain the space around the defensible space so nothing else becomes involved," Kelly said. "Also, keep an eye on your burn, call immediately if there's a threat that gets away."

Firefighters said wood pallets were supposed to be burning, they believe the control burn reached areas that were not supposed to be burned.

The fire has been contained, crews mopped up for half an hour. Nobody was injuried.

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