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Ocean air can’t stop coastal fire risk

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Smoke rises from a half-acre brush fire Saturday afternoon on Crescent Beach. Del Norte Triplicate /Matthew Durkee
Brush fire at Crescent Beach highlights danger 

A half-acre fire on Crescent Beach that produced significant smoke in Crescent City on Saturday evening was quickly contained thanks to a heavy multi-agency response.

An air tanker was brought in to quell the fire, which was primarily on Redwood National Park land but threatened a small home on nearby private property, according to Rick Young, deputy interagency fire chief for Six Rivers National Forest and the park.

The fire was started by a beach campfire and carried by the wind to land just north of the Crescent Beach parking lot, Young said.

“The wind was blowing pretty good, pushing it into the wildland,” Young said.

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