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Brush fire burns pallet factory south of Sonoma

Matthew Nagan, owner of Shellville Grill on nearby Broadway, said he was forced to close his restaurant.

"Oh my God, it's insane," said Nagan. "The whole back of the building is covered in flames. It's all toast."

Multiple local agencies were summoned, including Cal Fire aerial attack planes. Two air tankers, a helicopter and 50 trucks fought the blaze.

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Cal Fire helicopters swarmed overhead, dropping water brought in from agricultural ponds.

Firefighting efforts were hampered by the short water supply.

Mulas said it was expected to be contained by 6:30 p.m.

Parts of Highways 12 and 121, as well as other local roads, were closed to traffic.

Congestion on Broadway was heavy. The fire was about four miles from the popular Sonoma Plaza.

The start of the fire may have been captured on video, Mulas said.

A CHP officer was following the tow truck at the time, Paulson said.

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