Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lakeside Crews Help Extinguish Small Brush Fire

Old Barona Road -

Lakeside firefighters were called to assist Barona Fire units with a vegetation fire on July 12, 2011, that was burning on Old Barona Rd.  Barona Brush 27 arrived on scene just behind Barona Battalion 8 and began a mobile pumping operation along the road which they later turned into a progressive hose lay along the right flank of the fire.

Engine 1 (Riverview Station) and Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Station) quickly arrived on scene and started a hose lay on the left flank of the fire assisted by crews from Cal Fire engines 3382 and 3352.  Due to the rapid response and adequate number of resources (firefighters) assigned, this fire was quickly contained.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This fire was small but it shows that, as the summer progresses, the vegetation is starting to dry-out and is burning more readily. Residents in Lakeside and surrounding areas need to ensure they have their minimum 100-foot clearance around their homes and other structures.  This clearance combined with practicing a high degree of fire safety when using anything that could lead to a vegetation fire will help combat fires this summer.

Photos and Story by:  Engineer/Paramedic Bernie Molloy

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