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Vehicle-Sparked Vegetation Fire Underscores Dry Conditions

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firedepartmentstuffWith Photos by Tracy Dawn and Jeremy Couso

The Susanville Fire Department, along with automatic aid from the Susan River Fire Protection District and Cal-Fire, made quick work of a vehicle-caused vegetation fire Saturday afternoon in the northern part of Susanville.

According to Fire Captain Dan Weaver the fire department responded to a reported vegetation fire located off of Skyline Road in Susanville at around 2:00 on Saturday to find a fully involved vehicle in a creek bed with fire extending into the surrounding vegetation.

“Firefighters performed fire attack and kept the spread of the fire to approximately 1/2 acre and no houses were threatened,” said Weaver in a press release issued Tuesday. “The vehicle was a total loss and there were no injuries reported.”

The fire was determined to have been caused by the radiant heat from the exhaust system of the vehicle igniting the tall grass.

The Susanville Fire department is reminding Susanville residents of the extremely dry conditions in the area and to exercise caution while off-roading and enjoying the out of doors.

Agencies also assisting in the incident were Susanville Police Department, Lassen County Sheriff, Cal-Fire, Susan River Fire Protection District and Lassen County OES.

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