Red Bluff residents voice frustration over denied brush clearing

POSTED: 6:28 PM Jun 04 2013   UPDATED: 6:50 PM Jun 04 2013
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A day after a destructive fire blew through Red Bluff, several residents are saying that only a few months ago, the National Forest Service, who has jurisdiction over part of the land, told the group they could not clear the brush.

The fire which roared through the middle of Red Bluff on Monday, was started by two boys between eight and 10 years old from Utah. The boys were playing the a lighter when the fire started.

The fire began at around 2 p.m. and was out by about 6:30 p.m., burning 102 acres during the four and half hours it was active.

According to Ann Minch, in the wake of a recent increase in violence, a group called the "Tehama Action Team" formed to try to clean up Red Bluff. One of the areas they wanted to clean-up was the slough where the fire ripped through. However, they were unable to clean that region.

Minch told us that only a month earlier, the group was denied a permit to clear the brush by the National Forest Service, which has jurisdiction over part of the land.

She said she believes a brush clearing they requested could have prevented the damage caused by the Sale Lane fire.