The fire is under investigation but appears to be accidental.
According to Battalion Chief Charlie McCall of C.D.F. fire, the fire
was caused by a 480 volt heater in the fuel processing shed. The
fire was spread rapidly by strong winds which spread the fire to the
conveyor belt which was severely damaged. The fire then spread to
two buildings which were totally destroyed.
This was a multi alarm fire with units responding from Bieber, Adin,
Lookout, McArthur, local C.D.F. and a far away as Burney which supplied
breathing air to the local fighters. Lassen and Modoc County
Sheriff's units also responded.
Damage was major and is expected to be a serious setback to the much
looked forward to operation of the power plant.