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Saturday, August 3, 2013

CALFIRE NEWS: CAL FIRE Crews Quickly Contain Fire On Top Of Cabazon #Windmill #CaFire

Blaze burns top of Cabazon windmill

The fire could be seen from Interstate 10.
A windmill caught fire not far from Interstate 10 on Friday. Cal Fire firefighters responded and had the flames contained in 10 minutes. The cause is under investigation. Photo Credit:  My Desert 
CABAZON — A windmill caught fire in Cabazon on Friday morning, but the blaze was quickly extinguished.

At 8:29 a.m., firefighters were called to the fire near Elm Street and Bonita Avenue, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire could be seen from Interstate 10.

“I noticed smoke ahead and also noticed how high in the air the smoke was,” said Palm Desert resident Ron Valens, 52, who spotted the fire as he was driving along the freeway.

“It looked like flames were engulfing pretty much the whole back side of the head of the windmill,” Valens said.

He added the while the flames were a “very odd sight” they were “kind of a cool sight.”

One engine responded and firefighters contained the fire within 10 minutes, Cal Fire spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson said.

There were no injuries and the cause is under investigation.


Source: http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130802/NEWS08/308020031/Blaze-burns-top-Cabazon-windmill
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