Wildland Fire Destroys Anza Home
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Hundreds of firefighters are battling a fast-moving wildland fire near Anza that destroyed a mobile home and outbuilding.
No evacuations ordered, but homeowners are carefully watching the progress of the 150-acre fire.
Air tankers drop retardant on the growing fire, helicopters circle the blaze, and homeowner Kirt Ferguson is keeping a close eye on the fire near his home.
"Wanted to see the fire and how bad it is, living close by we're all concerned about that," said Ferguson.
Kirt worries how quickly the fire could spread.
"I've lived here a few years and if they don't get ahold of it right away, there's problems," said Ferguson.
But firefighters are aggressively tackling the fire -- 250 firefighters, 25 engines, six air tankers, four helicopters, four dozers and 10 hand crews are all battling the blaze.
"Speed is of the essence, and its a combination of aerial attack with our air tankers that are able to put down retardant lines, and then our ground troops come in to support those retardant lines and get the fire contained," said Calfire Battalion Chief Phil Rawlings.
A mobile home was destroyed, but no were injures reported.
"The biggest concern is wind activity, and we're optimistic though with cooling temperatures and the resources we have on scene we'll be able to contain it hopefully by tomorrow morning," said Rawlings.
But just in case, Kirt says he would be ready to evacuate.
"Got the dogs and all the animals ready and ready to go at a minute's notice pretty much, if you're up here on the hill, we know this time of season is bad," said Ferguson.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but fire officials remind people to be especially careful this time of year.
As of last report Friday night, that fire is now 60 percent contained.