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Volunteers douse accidental Colfax grass fire


October 18, 2018

--Bill Carroll photo

A Fire District #11 truck awaits at the top of the hill as volunteers survey and hose the still-smoldering burn east of Colfax. The fire spread from a controlled burn pile when winds picked up Sunday.

A total of six trucks responded Sunday to a grass fire at the residence of Fire Chief Craig Corbeill Sunday on the east hill. The Corbeills reside in the former Tribbett residence which is along the top of the hill.

Corbeill said he was burning a pile of brush located below the house toward the point of the hill when a gust of wind hit the fire and it took off. The fire burned grass and brush, but did not damage any buildings. He said they have a perimeter of grass around the house and the fire stopped at that point. A fire line was built around the residence.

Sustained loss was possibly...

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