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SUTTER COUNTY — Pleasant Grove firefighters battled a large tire fire Saturday in south Sutter County.

Just after 5 p.m. a pile of around 200 tires caught fire along Garden Highway.

Using a high-pressure water canon and more than 3,000 gallons of water, Pleasant Grove firefighters, with the help of East Nicolaus and Sutter County fire crews, were able to knock down the flames that created billowing, black smoke that could be seen for miles around. The Pleasant Grove fire captain says they were fortunate to extinguish the flames as quickly as they did, so as to ensure that they did not spread into the nearby barn.

No one was at the property at the time of the fire, or in the very least, no one was living on the property.

Officials do not know how the fire started.

Another fire took down the water tower and another structure a little over a year ago on the same property.