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Barn fire breaks out near Shasta College in Redding

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REDDING, Calif. - A barn went up in flames in Shasta County, threatening multiple homes near Shasta College in Redding. The family and their home is safe but fire specialists say it could've been much worse.

CAL FIRE and Shasta County Fire responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls of a house fire Monday night around 6:30 pm on Sara Drive off of Old Oregon Trail in Redding. The fire consumed the family's barn, which stood about twenty feet from their home and with many trees nearby.

No one was inside of the barn at the time. Property owners say the barn was mainly used as a pool-house, so no livestock were inside either. The fire did not spread to the family's home.

CAL FIRE Captain and Specialist Darren Stewart said in a dry season, homeowners should always prepare for the worst and take extra precautions.

"It's very dry; even though we are in winter, we're going to be having North winds," explained Stewart, "The potential is anywhere in the state because of it."

Stewart emphasized how even a small debris burns can get out of control. Ashes from a wood stove retain their heat even if a homeowners have gone a day or two without lighting a fire.

Common mistakes people make during the winter such as not cleaning a chimney flue or improperly discarding their ashes will keep fire crews in the Northstate busy.

Stewart says CAL FIRE has hired more crew members to remain at an initial attack staff level, since so many crews are in Southern California. Stewart said at least one fire crew is representing Shasta County in Ventura County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County. "The south part of the state was up North for the Napa and Sonoma fires so we're just returning the favor," Stewart said.

The cause of Monday night's barn fire is under investigation.

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