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Exhaust sparks ignite Turlock fire
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A Turlock firefighter extinguishes flames on the side of Glenwood Avenue Thursday afternoon. The fire burned several trees and scorched at least one electric pole over an area about 100 yards long and 10 feet wide. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Sparks coming from the tailpipe of a tractor-trailer ignited several fires along Glenwood Avenue Thursday in Turlock.

The Turlock Fire Department was able to keep the fires from burning any structures, though one electrical pole and several trees were charred in the blaze.

The fire was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday in the area of E. Glenwood Avenue and Baywood Lane.

A witness to the blaze saw the tractor-trailer driving down the road with small fires erupting behind it from the sparks. The driver was unaware of the sparks emitting from his exhaust pipe and the fires until contacted by a Turlock Police officer shortly after the fires were extinguished.

TFD reported the damage from the multiple fires was minimal. It did burn a swath of land about 10 feet wide and 100 yards long, said TFD Battalion Chief Gary Lunsford.

The fire was brought under control within 12 minutes.

A total of 14 fire personnel and four engines responded to the fire with Turlock Police and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department providing traffic control. The Turlock Rural Fire Department provided city coverage during the fire.