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Firefighters run out of water battling vegetation fire

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Nov 29 2013 09:07:15 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A vegetation fire broke out Friday morning in Oroville, threatening dozens of homes and destroying seven acres of land.

Firefighters arrived on scene around 10:30 a.m at an open field between Lower Wyandotte Road and Greenville Street.

Armando Vargas and his family pulled out their garden hoses and poured dirt over the flames to stop them from destroying their home.
     
"We all started running to get the water hoses ready and we started working it," said Vargas.
     
The fire burned all of the dry brush next to Vargas' backyard fence.
 
"If it was close to my house, I'd run like heck," said Vargas.
    
As firefighters were working to contain the blaze, they ran out of water.

Oroville Fire said they were battling a mobile home fire off Myers Street earlier in the morning, and used most the water on that fire.
     
"They broke from that fire and responded over here," said Oroville Fire Battalion Chief Dean Hill.
     
Crews left to refill the fire engines, and were lucky enough to get back in time to stop the flames from spreading to the Vargas' home.
     
"It had a good clearance around the house, which is always good," added Hill.  "Even though it's November, the clearance helped firefighters."

No one was hurt and no evacuations were ordered.  Fire investigators believe the fire is suspicious and are still working to figure out how it got started.