Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fire Contained to Mulch Pile in Blossom Valley

Blossom Valley: On Saturday, June 5th at 1:21 PM, the Heartland Communications Center received calls from the 14400 blk of Ranch Trail Dr, in the Blossom Valley area, regarding a possible vegetation fire in the area. Two brush engines, three structural engines, an ALS ambulance, and Battalion Chief were dispatched to the incident. In addition, CalFire started a full response, including aircraft, to the reported fire.

First arriving units included E3 (Lake Jennings Station), E26s (Blossom Valley Station), and CalFire Engine 3382 (Flinn Springs Station). Fortunately the fire was isolated to a mulch pile in the backyard of one of the residences. Crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjoining wildland area. Lakeside and CalFire crews extinguished and overhauled the fire.

Lakeside and CalFire crews overhaul a large mulch pile fire. Crews were able to keep the fire isolated to the backyard.

Currently the fire is under investigation, but given the warm weather conditions, it is likely that the fire started from spontaneous ignition. Residents with mulch piles need to be extra cautious as these piles are prone to ignite with little warning.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

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