A residential structure fire broke out on an illegal marijuana grow site in the 8000 block of Center Drive Center Drive in Jenny Lind Tuesday morning, according to Calaveras Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief Rich Dickinson.
The blaze started at 6:30 a.m. and was contained within an hour-and-a-half. There was no spread to vegetation, Dickinson said.
Firefighters with Calaveras Consolidated Fire Protection District, Linden-Peters Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were on scene.
According to fire staff, the doors and windows were boarded up, making entry into the structure and extinguishing the fire extremely difficult and dangerous, a Sheriff’s Office press release states.
An estimated 1,000 plants were destroyed in the fire.
Huang Yao, 58, of Jenny Lind was present and issued a citation for illegal marijuana cultivation.
“Personnel on scene were thankful this preventable incident did not happen during the high wind event projected to occur over the next several days,” the release states. “High winds and low fuel moisture significantly increase fire danger.”
This is an ongoing investigation, and no further information is available at this time.
Fire Prevention Tips, per the Sheriff’s Office:
• Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home and within every bedroom. Roughly, 50% of home fire deaths occur during the night while people are sleeping.
• Never leave food cooking unattended, especially deep fryers and other frying equipment.
• Avoid using portable and fixed space heaters, as heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
• Have a fire plan that gets you out of your home in less than two minutes and practice it.
• Avoid smoking in the house.
• Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds (vegetation) from around house.
• Remove dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
• Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
• Remove branches that hang over your roof and keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
• Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
• Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks.
How to use a Fire Extinguisher
• Pull the pin. Hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and remove the pin to unlock it.
• Aim low. Point the nozzle at the base of the fire.
• Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
• Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
This story was updated on Oct. 10 to include information from a Sheriff's Office press release regarding the incident.