Arson Fire Consumes 60 Acres in Residential Area

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Firefighters from the Salyer U.S. Forest Service crew leave an area in Campbell Field last Thursday, September 27 after clearing a handline. Officials suspect arson was the cause of the fire./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune


Hoopa Wildland Firefighters battled two early morning fires that damaged 60 acres in Campbell Field near the old Cal Pac mill site on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

The first fire started around 3:30 am. Firefighters were just finishing containment on the first fire, when a second started nearby at around 5:30 am.

Hoopa Fire Chief Gary Risling said arson is suspected as the cause of both fires.

Firefighters built a dozer line around the nearby Tribal California Conservation Corps (CCC) facility in order to protect it from the flames. The building was not damaged.

Two fire engines from Hoopa Wildland Fire were assisted by two fire engines from the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters also borrowed a water tender from Hoopa Tribal Roads Department, and a bulldozer from JV Construction.

Over 30 people fought the fires. There was thick smoke in parts of the southern Hoopa Valley, but no people were injured and no buildings were damaged, and the fires were put completely out around 6 pm.

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October 4th, 2012

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