[UPDATE 7 p.m.] Compost Fire Spreads to Fence and Beyond
Emergency personnel upgraded the debris fire to a structure fire which triggered more personnel and vehicles to respond.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: The fire spread to an outbuilding before crews could contain it.
UPDATE 7 p.m.: Press release from Arcata Fire:
At approximately 4:20 P.M., Arcata Fire District was dispatched to a compost bin fire in the 1100 block of Larry Avenue. First arriving units had difficulty making access the fire. Engine 8215 was able to attack the fire from 11th Street, while Engine 8216 attacked the fire from Larry Avenue and Engine 8211 attacked the fire from Sandra Court. All crews found active fire in all three locations. Ultimately, the fire involved fencing between five different residences and one shed. The fire was contained and extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is suspected to be spontaneous combustion from the compost pile.
Arcata Fire District responded with three engines and two chief officers. Humboldt Bay Fire responded with one engine and one chief officer to provide District coverage as well as Blue Lake Fire Volunteer Department who responded with one engine.