2 garbage and grass fires burn southeast of Downtown Fresno

Two fires in the same area sent smoke billowing into the sky over Fresno County on Sunday.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Two fires in the same area sent smoke billowing into the sky over Fresno County on Sunday.

The most recent one broke out around 6 p.m. at Lorena Avenue and Third Street, southeast of Downtown Fresno. Fire officials say the flames burned through grass, oleander plants and garbage.

Action News viewers reported seeing the thick, black smoke in Fresno, Clovis and Calwa. Crews had to spray down some power poles lining the street to keep them from catching on fire. There are some structures in that area, but there were no reports of damage to those buildings.

Another fire broke out less than a block away at Lorena and Parallel avenues around noon. It also burned through grass and garbage. One engine set up near the train tracks and sprayed a steady stream of water on the property to keep the fire from spreading.

There's no word yet on the cause of either fire or exactly how much damage they caused.

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