Fire contained despite high winds

Carson City firefighters had to quickly extinguish a fire behind Greenhouse Garden Center off Curry Street before high afternoon winds spread it up C Hill.

Battalion Chief Richard Chrzanowski said the fire appeared to have started in a pile of bark, known to spontaneously combust when tightly compacted in storage.

"That product is prone, under perfect conditions, to ignite," he said.

Because fire would burrow under a bark pile, firefighters had to pull the pile apart and the wind carried embers to other areas of the yard and reignited previously extinguished piles.

Crews were on scene at 1:10 p.m. and cleared by 3:30, said Chrzanowski.

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