Firefighters observe, extinguish blaze near Hall of Justice

A quick reponse by firefighters extinguished a small fire near the Hall of Justice Saturday, July 6.

According to a statement from the Susanville Fire Department, about 1:23 p.m. Saturday, SFD Truck 1 was leaving the Sierra Center parking lot when firefighters noticed a large column of black smoke coming from the area of the Lassen County Hall of Justice. Truck 1 responded to the area and contacted Susanville Interagency Fire Center dispatch to see if there were any reports of a fire in the area. SIFC advised they were dispatching a wildland response to Riverside Drive.

Truck 1 arrived on scene to find brush and grass burning in the vacant field next to the Hall of Justice. Truck 1 assumed command and deployed a hoseline along the right flank of the fire protecting the courthouse. CalFire E2261 arrived on scene and attacked the left flank of the fire using a mobile attack. Truck 1 and E2261 stopped the forward progress of the fire. SFD E628 and CalFire Devil’s Garden Crew 4 arrived on scene, secured the fire’s perimeter, and assisted with mop-up and complete extinguishment. The fire consumed 0.2 acres.

Once the fire was extinguished, a fire-cause determination was conducted. Personnel could not determine a cause as all evidence was destroyed in the fire. However, the fire did consume a known homeless encampment.

Even with the extreme temperature of the day, there were no firefighter injuries.

CalFire E2261 and Devil’s Garden Crew 4, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department and the Susanville Police Department supported the SFD.