Venus Court fire destroys vehicle, motor home |

Venus Court fire destroys vehicle, motor home

The Union staff

Cal Fire and Consolidated firefighters responded after 3 p.m. Thursday to reports of a structure fire with spread to wildland on Venus Court near Dog Bar Road, the fire departments said.

Air resources reported about five acres ablaze with one structure, possibly a motor home and outbuilding, involved. A vehicle and a motor home were destroyed in the fire though the main residence was saved.

The fire was reported to have a slow rate of spread into vegetation. By 3:45 p.m., the response had been down-graded.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Mary Eldridge said firefighters arrived to find a motor home fully involved. Hand crews cut a line and retardant was dropped around the perimeter of a residence, Eldridge said, adding that multiple water drops also were underway.

“The fire is not contained, but we have sufficient resources,” Eldridge said at 4 p.m.

Fire crews were expected to remain on scene for an additional five hours conducting mop up exercises.

A man at the scene, who identified himself as a relative of the property owner, said the fire started during weed whacking operations.

“Something like that might have happened,” Venus Fire Incident Command Matt Whalen said during the fire. “A push string trimmer. It didn’t have a legal exhaust on it it sounds like. It was made in another state and you sign a waiver that when you buy it that you’re using it without a spark arrestor.”

In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline-powered equipment. This includes tractors, harvesters, chainsaws, weedeaters and mowers.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Staff Writer Liz Kellar and Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez contributed to this report.

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