Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Trailer Burning in Potter Valley— Propane Tanks Exploding

A glowing column of smoke from this structure fire [Screenshot from the AlertWildfire Webcam]

This information is preliminary, but at approximately 9:15 p.m. firefighters were requested to the 7000 block of Old Wagon Road in Potter Valley regarding a structure fire.

The Incident Commander is reporting a single trailer has burned and is now on the ground along with multiple propane tanks. No other structures are threatened.

The AlertWildfire Webcam from the Ridgewood Grade shows a column of smoke growing behind a ridgeline lit from beneath by unseen flames.

Social Media users on the Potter Valley Community Facebook page are reporting seeing emergency vehicles in the area and explosions loud enough to shake their home.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: A photograph of the fire was provided to us by Potter Valley resident Kerry Randall:

[Photograph provided by Kerry Randall]

UPDATE 10:17 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported the fire has been successfully knocked down and crews will be working to mop up the incident over the next thirty minutes to half an hour.

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A resident told us firefighters got to the scene very quickly this evening and sent us this picture of firefighters working to mop up the fire.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can

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