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Cal Fire crews stop forward progress on vegetation fire in Palermo

Cal Fire crews have stopped forward progress on a vegetation fire that was threatening structures off of Edward Drive, east of Lincoln Blvd., in Palermo.

Posted: May 5, 2020 4:08 PM
Updated: May 5, 2020 10:37 PM

PALERMO, Calif. – UPDATE 10:30 p.m., May 5, 2020: A vegetation fire rapidly spread on a private property off of Edwards Drive in Palermo at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. 

"I saw flames right outside my window and I saw no one was taking care of them and it just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, “said Ray Hall.


Courtesy of Cal Fire Butte Unit

Cal Fire Captain John Gaddie says four homes were threatened. He also says the fire grew to about four acres when the wind picked up. 

Cal Fire crews contained the fire in about a half-hour. 

"We’re in that transitional phase, when it is getting hotter, dryer, it’s supposed to get up to the 90's by the end of the week and this is a great time for people to prepare for wildfire [season]," said Gaddie. 

He suggests defensible space around the home, to-go bags and more. 

Cal Fire says the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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Cal Fire crews have stopped forward progress on a vegetation fire that was threatening some homes off of Edward Drive, east of Lincoln Blvd., in Palermo.

Cal Fire Captain John Gaddie told Action News Now the fire broke out Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. and three to four homes were threatened but that has now been mitigated. It took firefighters about a half-hour to stop forward progress. 

Crews said the fire is around three to four acres and 25 firefighters responded to the scene. Crews will spend the next few hours on scene while working on full containment, Gaddie said. 

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