Fire Frightens Hilltop Merchants

A fast moving grass fire along Interstate 5 burned right behind some big box stores off Hilltop Drive in Redding. The fire started a little after 9:30 Monday morning behind Best Buy and scorched a field south of Sports LTD. Redding Firefighters stopped forward progress within a half hour and contained the fire to around 3 acres. No structures were damaged but a lot of smoke went into Best Buy, which had to close for the remainder of the day. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.