REDDING, Calif. - Redding firefighters battled thick underbrush to stop the spread of a vegetation fire that ultimately led to every city resource being called to the scene.
Crews were dispatched around 10:30 a.m. to Bethel Church at 933 College View Drive, after reports of a loud pop and fire behind the building.
At one point, a caller told 911 the fire was within 200 yards of the church, and the building was being evacuated.
Battalion Chief Steve Reilly, the incident commander, would eventually call a second alarm on the incident, bringing in all available engines, as well as off-duty personnel to cover the city's stations.
The fire was never moving particularly quickly, however thick underbrush made extinguishing the fire a lengthy process.
No one was hurt.
Investigators believe a squirrel that was on electrical lines may have been what started the fire, when its already-burning carcass fell on the dry grass, igniting it.