Crews quash pair of fires near Cloverdale
Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.
A 16-acre wildfire swept through a hilly area along Dutcher Creek Road south of Cloverdale on Saturday, threatening about six homes, a fire official said.
Crews from six agencies battled the blaze in the 25000 block of Dutcher Creek Road, with help from four air tankers and two helicopters, Cloverdale Fire Chief Jason Jenkins said.
The first engines on the scene were assigned to defending homes as the fire moved at a “moderate rate” through oak woodlands, he said.
Light winds blowing embers caused spot fires, Jenkins said.
The blaze, reported at 3:11 p.m., was controlled in about two hours.
Units from the Geyserville, Healdsburg, Windsor, Rincon Valley and Cal Fire assisted Cloverdale in fighting the fire.
At 2:40 p.m., Cloverdale handled a 2-acre fire off Jefferson Street in the hills west of town, Jenkins said. Firefighters had to hike in to the fire, he said.
Both fires were considered suspicious, and Cal Fire is investigating the causes, Jenkins said.
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