It was very windy here today and a fire broke out in an area known for illegal campgrounds. It quickly spread across Market Street and through the area between Hilltop and the Sacramento River toward the Sundial Bridge.
I watched from the top of Market Street as fire bombers dropped retardant on the slopes below Hilltop, a helicopter dropped buckets of water on the area just below me and dozens of firetrucks and crews showed up to prevent a Redding version of the dreaded "Mrs O'Leary's Cow" syndrome.
At last report no buildings burned but it must have been scary for the children and parents of Turtle Bay School, right in the middle of it all.
Illegal campfire? Carelessly tossed cigarette? Arsonist trying to drive the "bums" out of the area?
P.S. The Redding Record-Searchlight article allows on-line comments. I usually don't read them because they make me lose faith in humanity, but this time some of them had useful information we couldn't find anywhere else.
But, in order to read the useful comments you had to wade through all the "Bickering Idiots". Still, it was almost worth it when I found this absolutely classic comment from one BI to another: "And I agree your a MORAN!"