Tractors blamed for 50 acre fire near Santa Rosa

12 August 2021

Tractors blamed for 50 acre fire near Santa Rosa

Matt Rinehart, with Sonoma County Fire fights a grass fire along Llano Road, north of Todd Road, in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Two tractors with mechanical issues sparked a 50 acre fire that burned near Santa Rosa Tuesday evening.

Authorities are looking for whomever operated the vehicles, which were spotted by witnesses along eastbound Todd Road where Tuesday’s blaze ignited, said Cyndi Foreman, Sonoma County Fire District division chief and fire marshal.

“It’s accidental in nature,” she said of the fire. “We really encourage heavy equipment operators to make sure their vehicles are in good operating condition, that any trailers they are towing do not have chains that are dragging, and they are conscious of any issues to their vehicles that could potentially cause a spark.”

Fire officials are especially concerned as Sonoma County endures a drought that has significantly dried out vegetation across the North Bay.

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