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Cal Fire: Man cutting dead grass with lawn mower sparks fire in eastern Palermo

Cal Fire Butte County says a man cutting dead grass with a lawnmower sparked a 5 to 7-acre fire in eastern Palermo Sunday afternoon.

Posted: Sep 29, 2019 7:49 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2019 7:51 PM

PALERMO, Calif. - Cal Fire Butte County says a man cutting dead grass with a lawnmower sparked a 5 to 7-acre fire in eastern Palermo Sunday afternoon. 

Cal Fire says the fire broke out on Dustin Lane off Crosa Countre Road just before 2 p.m.

When the fire broke out, it immediately threatened up to 5 homes on that road, but firefighters were able to stop the forward progress within 40 minutes of arrival.

No homes were burned, according to Cal Fire.

The area where the fire burned is a burn scar of the "Summit Fire" that burned back in 2013, Cal Fire says it was difficult to put out the flames since there were so many dead trees from the previous fire.

One homeowner attempted to put out the fire when flames were close to his home, Cal Fire says he ended up suffering from smoke inhalation and was checked by an ambulance. 

Cal Fire says they urge the public to not mow their lawns on a windy day, especially if it's after 10 a.m. since the heat is the strongest during that time, even if it rained the day before.

Action News Now asked if the man cutting the dead grass will get any type of citation, Cal Fire says they do not know yet.

Firefighters will monitor the fire throughout Sunday night.

As of 7 p.m. Sep. 29, the fire is 50 percent contained.

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