Fire Yesterday Destroyed Three Vehicles, Tools, etc.
May 14, 2018 – Arcata Fire District responded to a rubbish fire on Douglas Avenue in McKinleyville. Crews were notified at 10:01 am of a reported vegetation fire with threat to nearby structure. Upon arrival, units found access challenging due to a long narrow road and a driveway blocked by multiple vehicles and travel trailers.
On scene, personnel used one dry chemical extinguisher and a five-gallon water can to hold the fire that had ignited the structure while additional crews made access to the area through a neighbor’s fence, completing a hose lay and completely extinguishing the fire. The fire occurred in a non-hydrant area so it required multiple fire engines and additional staffing to maintain a constant water flow for firefighters.
Arcata sent three engines, three volunteers and two chief officers. E1274, of CAL FIRE Trinidad Station, provided mutual-aid. Engines from Humboldt Bay, Fieldbrook, and Samoa also provided coverage of the District.
Fire grows and spreads rapidly so any delays to the fire response can result in a significant increase in fire damage. Ensure that access to your residence is well marked and clear of obstacles such as overgrown brush, vehicles, and potholes.