Triplicate Staff

A half-acre fire that started Saturday evening at Crescent Beach has been contained.

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 on the beach and was 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.

A tanker was mobilized both because the park land is a CalFire direct protection area and because the fire threatened a structure, a single-wide mobile home. The tanker made two drops from a single load.

Two crews continue to work the fire late Saturday evening.

"The threat had been mitigated," Young said.

Crews from Crescent Fire Protection District, Pelican Bay State Prison, CalFire, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service all participated in fighting the fire, Young said.

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