Spontaneous Combustion of Manure Starts 200-Acre Blaze

Monday, January 08, 2007

Firefighters have been finishing off a roughly 200-acre wildfire that flared up early Sunday morning in Corona.

Officials say the blaze began when a pile of manure spontaneously combusted at the Red Star Fertilizer Company.

Firefighters say the so-called Red Star Fire consisted of a main 175-acre fire and several smaller ones burning in Prado Regional Park, the Prado Basin Park and the Mill Creek Drainage basin.

A total of 400 firefighters, backed by four air tankers and several helicopters worked all day yesterday to contain the blaze.

No injuries have been reported and officials say no structures were threatened.

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