Fresno vegetation fire west of Highway 99 destroys tractors and farm equipment

Several old tractors and pieces of farm equipment were destroyed in a vegetation fire Wednesday afternoon near Blythe and West Shields avenues in Fresno.

Around 40 firefighters responded to the fire, reported around 2:30 p.m. The fire spread over a little more than an acre of property, said North Central Fire Public Information Officer Andy Isolano.

There were reports that a tree fell on a power line, causing the fire, but the cause remains under investigation, Isolano said. A second property also had fire damage on its fence and backyard.

There’s no estimate on damages at this point.

No one was injured in the fire. Some firefighters were getting their blood pressure tested and were drinking liquids because of the heat, Isolano said.

“We did save the house,” Isolano said, adding that officials are still trying to get a hold of the property’s owner.

Isolano said six homes are expected to remain without power until Thursday.

Denny Boyles, a spokesman for PG&E, said a couple of poles may need to be replaced and lines may need to be transferred.

He said this is a good example of why it’s important for homeowners to get tree-trimming services from a licensed and qualified contractor.

The power for the six homes is expected to be restored by Thursday.

“It depends on how long it takes for the scene to be safe for us,” he said.

Yesenia Amaro covers immigration and diverse communities for The Fresno Bee. She previously worked for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia and the Las Vegas Review-Journal in Nevada. She recently received the 2018 Journalistic Integrity award from the CACJ. In 2015, she won the Outstanding Journalist of the Year Award from the Nevada Press Association, and also received the Community Service Award.