A two-acre blaze near Columbia Airport was 75 percent contained as of about 4:15 p.m.. Thursday, according to Cal Fire.

The fire was initially reported just before 12:30 p.m. on the 10300 block of Slate Rim Road.

Emily Kilgore, spokeswoman for Cal Fire, said resources were expected to remain on scene into the evening to reach full containment and conduct mop-up work.

Residents of Springfield Estates watched as firefighters and aircraft worked to extinguish the blaze that was burning in an area downslope of their gated community.

Mary Pinocchio, who’s lived in the community since 2011, said the flames were at least 30 to 40 feet high when the fire began.

Pinocchio and her next-door neighbor, Dale Decker, said they believed the fire started near a building with a pink roof, which they could see clearly from a hilltop above the fire.

“This is the fourth fire in this same area in the last two years,” Decker said.

All aircraft at Columbia Air Attack Base were deployed to the blaze after it was reported.

Air tankers had completely surrounded the fire with flame retardant less than an hour after the initial call.

Resources that initially responded to the blaze included the aircraft, nine fire engines, three water tenders, a breathing support apparatus, and five overhead units, which include battalion chiefs and safety officers.

No additional resources were called to the scene after the initial response, according to Kilgore.

There were no reports of evacuations or structures under threat despite being near a residential area.

Kilgore said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, and any reports to the contrary can’t be substantiated at this time.




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