[UPDATE 6:45 p.m.] Silage Pit on Fire West of Fortuna

Loleta fireMultiple engines are responding to a fire at Pleasant Point Road near Christensen Lane. Please avoid the area if possible. A silage pile has blazed up at approximately 6:10 p.m. The first engine on scene, a Loleta unit, reports that they might need more assistance than the initial call out.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: “We’re hitting it with water right now…Looks like we’re getting it pretty good,” reports the incident commander.

UPDATE 6:29 p.m.: “We got the fire knocked down,” reports the incident commander. “We’re just mopping up some hot spots.”

UPDATE 6:42 p.m.: Two photos. The first from Fortuna helps give a sense of where the fire is.

The second from close shows the toxic black smoke that firefighters had to deal with.

Smoke from Sileage fire west of Fortuna

Smoke from Silage fire west of Fortuna [Photo by a reader]

Black smoke from Sileage Fire

Black smoke from the silage fire [Photo by Matt Toste] 
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: One more angle. This one from the hill by Bear River.
Sileage fire
UPDATE 7:49 p.m.: And this closeup:

Black smoke Pours from Sileage Fire

[Photo by Richard Leonardo]

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