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    Fire hits Albany Hill


    Fire hit the Albany Hill  Friday afternoon. It  burned 20 Eucalyptus trees on the west side of the hill but damaged no houses.

    The fire was reported by a resident at around 5 pm Friday, and was put out by firefighters half an hour later.

    “It was a slow-moving fire, ” said Capt. John Weitzel of the Albany Fire Department. “It was not much a fire considering what’s happened in other places in California.”

    The cause of the fire is being investigated, and will be announced in a few days, according to Weitzel.

    The fire occurred several dozen feet up the slope from Gateview apartment buildings near the Interstate 80 and 580 highways.  

    The place has been darkened by ashes. About 20 Eucalyptus trees were dying with their trunks burned and leaves withering.

    The Albany Hill, densely covered with Eucalyptus trees, is one of the most vulnerable places in town to fire.

    Article and photos by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

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