Early Morning Fire Near Homeless Camp Under Investigation

Redding Fire Department is investigating a vegetation fire in West Redding. The fire was reported shortly after 5AM Wednesday off West Street in the Linden Avenue area. That’s the road that runs along the bottom of the hill beneath Mercy Medical Center. It’s a popular area for homeless camps, which apparently was the source. The first arriving engine company reported about a quarter acre burning and called for a full wildland response. The fire, burning on a steep hillside, was contained to about a half acre.