Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Help Battle Barona Blaze

Barona- Just after 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29 ,2011, Lakeside firefighters were called to assist several other agencies with a vegetation fire that was burning on the Barona Indian Reservation in the 15000 block of Wildcat Canyon Rd near the intersection with San Vicente Rd.

The fire was initially reported as fast moving 20 acre blaze in light to medium fuels that was making a run up a west facing slope with a slight upslope wind on it. The combination of the light fuels, slope, and ambient temperatures above 100 degrees were ideal conditions for the fire to make a rapid spread. 

Heartland dispatched a high wildland at 3:10 pm , which included Units from Barona , Lakeside, and Santee Fire Departments. It was determined that the fire was moving toward the San Diego Country Estates so additionally a Type I strike team was requested for structure protection. Every station in Lakeside sent units to the fire, including Engine 1, Brush 2, Engine 3, Brush 26 and Battalion 1. Lakeside Fire stations were then supplemented with move up companies from San Miguel and La Mesa Fire. 

The fire grew rapidly but as resources arrived on scene it began to be controlled. The combined use of hose lines up the flanks of the fire and a heavy aerial attack with both fixed and rotary wing aircraft brought the fire to a halt at approximately 60 acres. The threat to the San Diego Country Estates neighborhood never materialized as the fire was stopped before it could reach any structures. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

We have seen a steady increase of fire activity from fire we had just down the street on August 7, 2011 and again the other fire we saw again just down the street on August 20, 2011. As we continue to see an increase in fire intensity over the summer as the fuel loads become more susceptible to fire spread.  This is a reminder that all people who own property in an urban interface area should continue to be vigilant about maintaining their defensible space. 

Story and Photos By:  Engineer/Paramedic Bernie Molloy
Addtional Photos By: Captain Rick Dalldorf
Video By: Captain Jerry Daoust

1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to say thank you to all our fire fighters and the job they do.
    I live on old Barona Rd and have stopped and helped for 3 accidents and have gotten to see first hand at how well you all come together as a team.
    Just want to say THANKS

    Chester McNett