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Firefighters work to extinguish Placer County barn fire, as 300 tons of hay could burn

A barn fire burns on East Catlett Road in west Placer County on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Cal Fire says the barn area contains about 300 tons of hay.
A barn fire burns on East Catlett Road in west Placer County on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Cal Fire says the barn area contains about 300 tons of hay.

Multiple agencies including Cal Fire responded to a fire in western Placer County, where a barn containing about 300 tons of hay ignited Wednesday morning.

Crews with Cal Fire and the Roseville, Lincoln, Pleasant Grove and Wheatland fire departments also responded to a barn fire along East Catlett Road just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to social media posts by Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit.

Firefighters remained at the scene, between Pleasant Grove and Lincoln, as of 11 a.m. The fire will likely take all day to fully extinguish, Cal Fire said.

Authorities report that all animals are safe and none have been injured.

Photos posted of the blaze – and nearby cows – showed flames amid hay and smoke billowing out from the roof of the barn, which appeared to be charred but structurally intact.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Cal Fire says.

Meanwhile, Sacramento Metropolitian Fire Department battled another small blaze in Rio Linda on Wednesday. The agency said via social media that the brush fire at 14th and L streets, which started before 11 a.m., reached 2.75 acres and damaged an outbuilding.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.

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