Arcata Fire: Crews extinguish trash-fire turned structure-fire in McKinleyville Monday

The Arcata Fire District (AFD) crews were able to completely extinguish a rubbish fire that got out of hand and spread to a structure in McKinleyville Monday, according to the AFD.

The AFD said fire crews responded to a rubbish fire on Douglas Avenue in McKinleyville after being notified at 10:01 a.m. on May 14 that there was a vegetation fire threatening a nearby structure. Upon arrival, units found access challenging due to a long narrow road and a driveway blocked by multiple vehicles and travel trailers, the AFD said.

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, according to the AFD. The fire burned in a non-hydrant area, and therefore multiple fire engines and additional staffing were required to maintain a constant water flow for firefighters.

Arcata sent three engines, three volunteers and two chief officers, the AFD reported. Crews from the CAL FIRE Trinidad Station provided mutual-aid, and engines from Humboldt Bay, Fieldbrook and Samoa also provided coverage, according to Arcata Fire.

"Fire grows and spreads rapidly so any delays to the fire response can result in a significant increase in fire damage," the district said in a statement. "Ensure that access to your residence is well marked and clear of obstacles such as overgrown brush, vehicles, and potholes."

The value of the residence saved is estimated at $260,000, according to the AFD. The items destroyed in the fire included three vehicles, numerous tools and pieces of equipment, and other common household items.

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