[UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: Multiple Greenhouses involved off Dutyville Road] Fire off of Crooked Prairie Road


This image captured from Flightradar24.com shows the path (green line) of a US Forest Service Plane which is presumably going over the fire. If you expand the photo, you can see various landmarks.

At approximately 3:40 p.m., readers report hearing several explosions followed by a fire off of Crooked Prairie Road east of Ettersburg.

According to one report, this is a structure fire probably a greenhouse. One person reported that there were a “couple of explosions, really black smoke, a lot of water cascading down the road.”

Multiple fire departments and air support are headed to the area including one helicopter and a forest service plane.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: According to Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman, the fire is off Dutyville Road in the Telegraph Ridge area. She states that there are multiple greenhouses and a half acre of vegetation involved in the fire. There are no known injuries.

Cal Fire plane captured this photo of the fire.

Cal Fire plane captured this photo of the fire.

Moon helicopter fighting fire

Cal Fire’s Copter 102 skims the moon as it fights the Dutyville Fire. [Photo by B’anna Federico]

UPDATE Friday: Cal Fire states, “DUTYVILLE FIRE controlled, cause still under investigation.”



  • What would explode if a greenie burnt? Fuel? LP? Fertilizer? Sounds more like a BHO lab.

    Hope they can put this out safely without injury & can minimize property loss. Thanks fire fighters!

  • Lots of equipment rolling by…. not much wind so far

  • Will they bust the neighborhood full of greenies? No. There are only a few such planned media events. To pretend that scenes are getting popped and scare unpermitted operators into compliance. Otherwise the sheriff is doing the same as always- nothing.

    • Yes but with a hundred abatement notices this year already the planning dept. has done more than CAMP ever did. Can Ettersburg get some abatement love?

  • Alt Right For Life

    Drone strike?

  • The weed was just so fire

  • Jorge Cervantes

    Looked pretty bad. Hope no one was injured. Great work to the first responders(telegraph Ridge). Support your local fire departments. Lots of burnt plastic sheeting and burnt pvc. Alternative source of CO2 generation for the plants that survived.

    • burning plastic & pvc
      creates carbon monoxide a poisonous gas. (not carbon dioxide – CO2 which plants and trees need to survive)

      • Jorge Cervantes

        @meow Burning 1 kg of pvc plastic generates 3kg of CO2. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is slightly less dense than air. Burning plastic emits both. Basic 7th grade chemistry.

    • What’s the Verdict

  • Mucho Chaka chaka !

    Who started it? Do we know who started the fire yet? Whats their names?

  • curious creature

    How did this start?

  • It was not Dutyville, but Crooked Prairie. There were dozens of witnesses to the location, and the smoke. CalFire is incorrect. The fire was in CP. and, way more than a greenhouse went up. Tons of black smoke. The gossip today is that it was the same greedy grower assholes that are currently logging their land. At least 5 truckloads of spindly tan oaks, def not lumber quality. But hey, they are the best people, cuz they’re legal…

    • hey guest above…. That’s something you obviously know nothing about. so if you don’t know what the hell you are talking about, just mind your own business!

  • Just FYI the spindly tan oak is probably for firewood [edit] The lumber quality wood goes to the mill. Duh

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