Cal-Fire Extinguishes Trash Fire At Site Of Toxic Cleanup

A fire was extinguished overnight by the Tehama-Glenn Unit of Cal-Fire at a Corning location with a history of danger for firefighters. In July of 2018 a fire at Specialized Fibers at Kirkwood Road and South Avenue burned for two days as firefighters used literally Millions of gallons of water and risked their health dealing with unknown substances. That disaster closed South Avenue for more than a week. Five years later the property still has massive piles of hazardous materials. When officials inspected the property after the 2018 fire, they found a lot of toxins not covered by the company’s use permit, including storage tanks with petroleum and solvents. Some materials remained unidentified and were still being tested nine months later when the site was declared a public nuisance. The owner was charged but then died and his wife worked out a deal with the county pending cleanup, but that still never happened. A company called Pelorus then acquired the land and agreed to spend Millions to finally clean it up, but a lot of material remains. The fire overnight was held to a trash pile covering about 40 by 50 feet.