A heavily fueled fire in Auberry on Wednesday triggered a large response from fire crews.
A pile of lumber surrounded by homes and businesses caught fire around noon. Officials said the lot is about one acre by one acre. Richard Templeton was working at Bruce's Auberry Service Center Wednesday afternoon when he looked up and saw a small fire across the street.
He went inside to tell his boss, who quickly realized it was not a controlled burn.
"He comes out and he's all 'Call 911' and I called 911 and said 'yeah, we got a fire.' Because from the time I walked in to tell him to come back out here, it went from like maybe six feet wide to like 10 feet wide," said Templeton.