Sonoma grass fire destroys 6 structures, closes highway

Sonoma grass fire destroys 6 structures, closes highway

08 September 2013

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USA — A grass fire burned over 40 acres in unincorporated Sonoma County Sunday, destroying six structures in the process, according to a county fire dispatcher.

The fire, first reported on the right-hand shoulder of state Highway 121 in the Schellville area around 1:30 p.m., was around 60 percent contained as of shortly after 5 p.m., CHP spokesperson Anna Paulson said.

Sparks were seen coming from a tow truck using a tow dolly in the area around that time, but it is unclear what caused the sparks, Paulson said.

The fire has damaged around 40 acres, 10 recreational vehicles and factory equipment, as well as six buildings, Paulson said.

All of the structures that burned Sunday were reported to be in the vicinity of a pallet factory and it was not clear if any of those buildings were residences.

Several units from Sonoma County Fire Department and Cal Fire were dispatched to the area, according to the fire department.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

One home close to Highway 121 at Fremont Road was evacuated.

Road closures include Highway 121 at state Highway 116 and at Eighth Street East, Watmaugh Road and Broadway and Napa Road at Eighth Street East.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

There was no word on a possible cause as of Sunday afternoon.

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