Friday, May 31, 2013

Message from the Fire Chief: Freeway Fire Incidents

From the Desk of the Fire Chief,

The Lakeside Fire Protection District is very aware of the spate of 'freeway fires' that have occurred in the area over the last few weeks. I can assure our citizens that we are cooperating with other fire agencies as well as federal, state and local law enforcement officers to seek out the cause of these fires and what and/or whom is responsible for them.

These fires, although they have been kept relatively small so far, cause us to expend a large number of resources responding to and working in a dangerous environment. Our law enforcement colleagues are working tirelessly with us in a highly cooperative effort to control the traffic around these fires to keep the firefighters, law enforcement officers and the motoring public as safe as possible.

We know our citizens are interested in the cause of these fires and we appreciate your interest.  We will share with you what we can, when we can, as long as it does not in any way jeopardize an on going investigation.  For now, these fires are considered by us to be "under investigation".

As for the specific fires on Hwy 67, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department is the lead agency and they will be the source of any additional information about this case.  If a member of the public has specific information about these fires that may assist investigators you are asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at 858-565-5200.

As your Fire Chief I respectfully ask for your assistance with issues that can occur around all fires burning on or near the roadway.

1.      Watch for law enforcement officers and firefighters working on the roadway.  Just because you've passed one fire doesn't mean that's the only fire in that area.  Similarly, just because one fire vehicle is in front of you doesn't mean that more are not behind you. Stay alert for other emergency vehicles which might even be responding elsewhere.
2.      Fires may cause poor visibility with smoke crossing the roadway, slow down in areas where firefighters may be working to make sure you can both see and react to vehicles and personnel that might be hidden by the smoke on the roadway ahead of you.
3.      During firefighting activities, on and off ramps may be closed without warning.  Be prepared to take an alternate route if your ramp is closed.
4.      Watch for emergency vehicles who may be stopped in a traffic lane, facing the wrong way or may have fire hoses crossing the roadway. It is unlawful to drive over a fire hose unless directed to do so by a law enforcement officer or firefighter. You also may need to stop and wait for a period of time to allow firefighters to work safely on or near the roadway.

Finally, we know you wish to have updated information on these fires and our many other incidents but please bear with us. We are not at liberty to post everything we know as soon as we know it, we hope you understand.

Andy Parr
Fire Chief
Lakeside Fire Protection District

Firefighters Respond to Fire on Hwy 67

Santee, CA -

On Thursday May 30, 2013, Lakeside Firefighters extinguished yet another road side fire on Hwy 67.  The fire was actually reported by E2, which was headed southbound on Hwy 67 enroute to the training tower.  As E2 was driving down the road they saw several spot fires in the grass on the right shoulder of the southbound lane just North of Woodside Ave.  E2 requested a wildland dispatch and began attacking the fire by themselves. Heartland Communications Center dispatched a low wildland response to assist E2 with the fire attack.  The full response consisted of three type 1 structural engines, two type 3 brush engines, an ALS medic unit, and a duty chief. 
The view after most of the fire was extinguished
The fires burned rapidly, fueled by the wind and dry vegetation.  The spot fires burned together quickly spreading to several hundred yards up the 67 and then spreading to the center divide.  The next in Engine, Lakeside BR1, began to attack the fire in the center divide with assistance from the crews from Santee Engine 4 that arrived just behind them.  The fires were quickly stopped before they were able to get too large or spread off of the highway.
Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Russo  with BR 26 during the mop up phase
When the fires were extinguished it was determined that a trailer hauling lumber had caused the fire as a result of a brake failure that sent pieces of hot brakes into the dry vegetation.  This fire illustrates the ease with which the dry grass and brush around the east county can be ignited and highlights the reason why local fire departments are focusing attention on fire safety and defensible space.

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Story and photos by Captain Bernie Molloy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Firefighter's Demolition Derby is Coming to the San Diego County Fair

Del Mar-

It's that time of year again when firefighters are working on their entries for the 2013 Fire and Safety Expo/Firefighter Demolition Derby at the San Diego County Fair. This year's event will be held in the Del Mar Arena on the fairgrounds. Gates to the expo open at 10 AM, with the first heat race at 1 PM. This event is in support of the Burn Institute.

In addition to the demolition derby firefighters from throughout San Diego County will be on hand to demonstrate firefighting and rescue skills.

Once again Lakeside's "Downhill Danny Leetch" will be there with his entry. In 2011 Danny won the event on a shoestring as his car was pretty beat-up at the end. After some emergency repairs Danny was able to compete in the finals.

The CSFA Steamer rounds the track before the event.
Danny Leetch takes the checkered flag at the 2011 event.
We would love to see our Lakeside Family out there to cheer on Danny. If you were planning on attending the fair this year maybe June 8th would fit into your plans. This event always delivers as these drivers are looking for bragging rights.

These drivers take the event pretty serious.
Some of the drivers from the 2011 event.
Danny with his crew chief, and wife, Rory.

We will be updating this story as new information becomes available.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Multiple Agencies Respond to a Second Series of Fires on Highway 67


On Sunday, May 26th, 2013 at 6:01 PM, the Heartland Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting three separate vegetation fires on State Highway 67 from Winter Gardens Blvd to Woodside Ave. A "medium wildland" response was dispatched which included three structural engines, two brush engines, a water tender, an ALS medic unit, and a duty chief (Tockstein).

Once it was determined that there was multiple fires a request was made for two additional brush engines and a chief officer (Parr).

One fire was located on the southbound side of Highway 67 near Winter Gardens Blvd. Crews took action to keep the fire from entering the San Diego river bottom as this property is adjacent to the Lakeside River Park Conservancy. Another fire was discovered on Highway 67 near the entrance to the Santee Drive-In.

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Another smaller fire was contained quickly between these two fires.

Lakeside Fire was assisted by Santee Fire, Heartland Fire-Rescue, and Barona Fire. A total of 10 Lakeside personnel responded to this series of fires.

All three fires are under investigation.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Multiple Agencies Battle Hwy 67 Grass Fires in Lakeside

Lakeside/Santee, CA - 

A series of roadside grass fires spanning well over a one-mile stretch of Highway 67 in Lakeside and Santee brought firefighters from five east county agencies on May 25, 2013. Initial reports to 911 identified six fires between the Highway 52 and Hwy 67 interchange north to Winter Gardens Blvd. Firefighters from multiple agencies approached the area from both the north and south and were able to quickly get a knockdown on these fires.

A coordinated response of chief officers from Lakeside, Santee, and Barona fire departments enabled the large area to be geographically branched-off and firefighting resources to be quickly and effectively directed toward suppression efforts. This incident demonstrates the excellent inter-agency cooperation that we enjoy in the east county.

Fire resources attending this incident included: Brush 1, Engine 2, Brush 26, Medic 2, Division 4105, Division 4106 (Lakeside); Engine 4, Brush 4, Rescue 5, Division 4203 (Santee); Engine 6, Engine 9 (Heartland Fire-Rescue); Engine 19 (San Miguel); Chief 4801, Division 4803 (Barona).

The cause of these fires is under investigation.

Lakeside Engine 2 crew attack fire on Hwy 67. (photo: Jeff Holz)

Lakeside Fire Captain John Hisaw with an angry reptile. (photo: C. Blanton)

Firefighter-paramedic Steve Russo and Captain John Hisaw cutting "hot" line. (photo: Jeff Holz)

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Jeff Holz and C. Blanton

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

KSON Radio Team Comes to Lakeside for Moore Tornado Relief


On May 20th, 2013 a devastating EF-5 tornado cut through the central Oklahoma town of Moore. In the aftermath of this disaster two elementary schools had been destroyed, 24 people were killed, 240 people received injuries, and the tornado had cut a 20 mile path of absolute destruction through the community. In comparison this would be a path of destruction one mile wide from Lakeside to Pine Valley...! 

The crew from Lakeside Engine 2 with KSON's Morning Team of John and Tammy
At KSON radio, the morning team of John and Tammy knew they needed to act, so a plan was put into action where they would accept donations on behalf of the Red Cross right here in Lakeside. The "Park and Ride" on Mapleview Street quickly became "the place to be" in support of Moore, OK. Lakeside Fire sent Engine 2 and Engine 1 down to see if there was anyway we could help in this outstanding cause.

Engineer Carl Chiodo, Captain Rick Dalldorf, Tammy, John, and Firefighter Todd Welch at the event (L to R).
The money collected from today's event will go directly to the Red Cross where it will be used in the support of those that have lost everything. If you could not make today's event and would like to donate KSON has set up a page for continued community involvement (here).

"Great Job John and Tammy, and the entire KSON crew."

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District
Photo By: Captain Rick Dalldorf, Lakeside Fire Protection District
               Firefighter Todd Welch, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Motorcyclist Flown to Trauma Center from Lakeside

El Monte:  Lakeside firefighters were called on the evening of May 17, 2013 for reports of a motorcyclist that had crashed off road in the El Monte valley and was in need of medical assistance.  Lakeside E3 and M3 were dispatched and with the assistance of the SDSO and the CHP were able to locate the patient in an off road area.  The patient.was determined to be a major trauma and with a prolonged extrication time to overcome the crews decided Mercy Air should be utilized for patient transportation.  E2 was in the area and made access to El Monte Park to land Mercy Air 6.

Mercy Air 6 on the ground
The flight crew was on the ground and able to quickly take the patient turnover and begin transport to the helicopter when M3 arrived with the patient.  The patient was then transported to an area trauma center by Mercy Air 6.

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The combination of the fire department ALS transport and Mercy Air 6 ensured the patient was in a trauma center within the critical "golden hour".

Story By: Captain Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire District
Pictures By: Chief Andrew Parr, Lakeside Fire District

Vehicle Collides with Structure

Lakeside, CA -   On Friday May 17, 2013, Lakeside Firefighters were called to the scene of a vehicle that had collided with a structure in the downtown Lakeside Post office parking lot.  Lakeside Engine 2 and Engine 1 arrived on scene to investigate the incident.
The vehicle came to rest on the pylon 

It was determined that the vehicle was backing out of a parking spot when it collided with another vehicle and ended up on top of a concrete pylon.  The vehicle damaged the structure that houses the Curves Fitness Club.

The damage on the exterior extended to the inside of the building
There were no injuries involved in the incident.  CHP and SDSO were on scene to conduct the accident investigation.

Photos and Story by:  Captain Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire District

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sidewalk CPR Day 2013

Lakeside, CA -

Come join Lakeside Firefighters and learn "hands-only" CPR during this year's annual Sidewalk CPR Day 2013. Take a few minutes and learn how YOU can help save a life. This event aims to train "2013 in 2013." In just a 5-10 minute session, participants will learn the very basics of this lifesaving skill.

Lakeside Firefighters will be at the following locations on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

Albertson's Supermarket - 9560 Wintergardens Blvd, Lakeside

Vons Supermarket - 13439 Camino Canada, El Cajon

Captain Chuck Palmore, Director Susan Conniry, and Firefighter-Paramedic Jon Jordan at last year's event.

Drop by on your way to work, during your break, or during your lunch hour. 

It only takes a few minutes to learn how to make a difference!

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lakeside Firefighters Stop Small Brush Fire

Lake Jennings Area, Lakeside, CA -

A rapid response brought a quick end to a brush fire in Lakeside on May 15, 2013. Heartland Fire Communications received multiple reports of a fire burning in the vegetation on Lake Jennings Park Rd. next to the Helix Water District's R.M. LevyWater Treatment Plant. Lakeside Division Chief 4103 (Laff) arrived on scene within a few minutes of dispatch and directed incoming firefighters to deploy hoselines and quickly surround the fire. Personnel from the water treatment plant had also deployed hoselines to fight the fire prior to the arrival of firefighters.

The wildland fire resource assignment for this fire included: Brush 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Water Tender 7251, Medic 2, Division 4103, Divison 4105 (Lakeside);  Engine 8 (Heartland Fire-Rescue); Brush 17 (Alpine); Engine 3382 (CalFire).

Lakeside firefighter mopping-up the fire edge.

A hoselay extended from Brush 1 held the fire in check.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Captain Bernie Molloy, Engineer Robert Williams

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Alert Neighbor Reports Lakeside Structure Fire

Blossom Valley-

On Monday, May 13, 2013, at 12:34 p.m., a neighbor spotted smoke and flames coming from a next door garage. He alerted the elderly resident then quickly called 911. At 12:35 the Heartland Communications Center dispatched a first alarm structure response consisting of four engines, one truck, one medic unit and two Division Chiefs to the 9000 block of Dunbar Lane.

Lakeside Firefighter Jon Jordan clears the exit to assist firefighters inside. Div-4702 Brad Rushing looks on as safety officer.
Within seven minutes Lakeside firefighters on E26 (Blossom Valley) arrived on scene to report heavy smoke coming from a detached garage and began efforts to attack the fire. E3 (Lake Jennings) arrived two minutes later laying fire hose from a nearby hydrant to supply the incident with water. Division Chief 4702 (Rushing-Alpine) and Division Chief 4103 (Laff- Lakeside) arrived to assume incident command. E1(Riverview) and M2 (River Park) joined the effort soon there after to assist with firefighting efforts. The blaze was knocked down quickly and fully extinguished within 15 minutes thanks to its early detection and rapid response and actions by Lakeside and Heartland firefighters.

San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 -

Submitted By: Fire Captain Chuck Palmore, Lakeside Fire District

Monday, May 13, 2013

Lakeside Assists CAL FIRE on Brush Fire in Barona


On Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 3:14 PM, a high wildland was dispatched by the Heartland Communications Center to a brush fire burning at the 8.5 mile maker of Wildcat Canyon Rd. Included in this dispatch was three brush engines, four structural engines, one ALS medic unit, a water tender, and two chief officers. Concurrently CAL FIRE was sending a large contingency of engines and aerial support.

Fire burns in a stand of old oak trees on the south side of Wildcat Canyon Rd.
Helicopters making a series of water drops allowed crew to put in control lines.
The first arriving Incident Commander (Kremensky-Barona) reported about five acres on fire, and that it had jumped Wildcat Canyon Rd.

As engine companies arrived they took up position on the flanks of the fire to establish control lines. With the arrival of fixed wing, and helicopter support, they proceeded to take the heat out of the fire which allowed crews time to surround the fire.

Crews from Santee, El Cajon, and Lakeside assisted CAL FIRE and USFS crews with a hose lay in steep terrain.

Lakeside Fire Engineer Steve Schleif cools down hot spots high above Wildcat Canyon Rd.
 Due to the steep terrain, and mop-up needs, most crews were committed for 5-6 hours. Final fire size was estimated at 15 acres.

Lakeside sent four engines and a water tender for a total of 12 personnel. Lakeside stations were covered by other Central Zone partners.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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Sunday, May 12, 2013


Lakeside, CA -

Shortly before noon on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013,  Lakeside firefighters were dispatched to a vegetation fire on Highway 8 Business east of Los Coches Rd. Engine 3 (Lake Jennings fire station) was the first unit on scene and reported a fast-moving vegetation fire with one structure burning and several homes immediately threatened in a nearby mobile home park. The E3 officer immediately requested additional resources through Heartland Dispatch including strike teams, aircraft, and hand crews.  First arriving firefighters also discovered a burn patient who was immediately treated and transported to the burn center at UCSD Hospital in Hillcrest.

Smoke looms up from the fire. Photo taken from the Camino Canada area. (Photo By: Josh Raczka)

A structure burns after the moved through the area. (Photo By: Josh Wilson)
For the next several hours crews were able to stop the spread of the fire and extinguish the blaze. One mobile home and several out buildings were lost during this fire along with a few vehicles.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  A special thanks to Gaetano's Italian Restaurant for supplying food for the crews when the work was done.    

Engine 3 pumping a deck gun (600 gallons per minute) trying to take the heat out of the fire. (Photo By: Jeff Holz)
Crews putting in a hose lay to cut off the extension of the fire down the creek bed. (Photo By: Jeff Holz)

Firefighter taking action on one of the involved structures. (Picture By: Jeff Holz)

Fire making a run towards structures. (Photo By: Chris Walsh)
Responding units from the Lakeside Fire District included Engine 3, Engine 2, Brush 1, Brush 26, Medic 2, Medic 3, Water Tender 7251, Chiefs 4105, 4106, 4101, and support 4140 (Logistical Volunteers).

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Agencies that assisted with the incident included Cal Fire, Santee, El Cajon, Barona, Sycuan, and County of San Diego.

Story By: Engineer/Paramedic Matthew Buzzell, Lakeside Fire District
Photo By: Mark Roberts, 10 News, Josh Raczka, Jeff Holz, Josh Wilson, Chris Walsh

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Brush Fire Off Mapleview Extension Blackens Six Acres


 On Saturday, May 11th 2013 at 3:30 PM, the Heartland Communications Center received a 911 call about a brush fire off the east end of the Mapleview St extension (east of Pino Drive). Crews clearing a call in the area of Dunbar Lane and Interstate 8 could suddenly see a column of smoke cresting the horizon. A "high wildland" level of dispatch was sent by both Heartland Fire, and CAL FIRE. This level of dispatch brings a combination of brush and structural engines, not to mention, dozers and aircraft.

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Medic 2 arrived on-scene an reported about 2 acres with a high rate of spread currently threatening two residential structures in the area. Soon joined by Engine 2 (River Park Station), Engine 4 (Santee Fire), and Engine 9 (Heartland Fire-Rescue) units set-up to protect structures in the area and initiate a hose lay to stop the spread of the fire.

Fire making its eastern run toward the El Monte Valley.
A nearby park ranger reported to the communications center that the fire was spreading into the El Monte Valley from the eastern slope of the hill. Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Station), Brush 26 (Blossom Valley Station), Brush 1 (Riverview Station), and CAL FIRE engines positioned themselves on the eastern flank to contain the spread. With the arrival of air assets drops were placed by fixed wing, and helicopters, to slow the spread of the fire till ground forces could contain the fire.

SDSO-CAL FIRE helicopter puts a drop on the eastern side of the fire. Efforts were concentrated in this area to keep the fire out of the El Monte Valley.
The fire was managed by a unified command between Lakeside (Kirkpatrick) and CALFIRE. Lakeside and CALFIRE were assisted by Heartland Fire-Rescue, Santee Fire Department, Barona Fire Department.

A total of six acres were consumed in this fire. The cause is currently under investigation.

Submitted By : Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District
Photos By: Fire Engineer Robert Williams, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Friday, May 10, 2013

Lakeside CERT Training Dates Announced

Lakeside, CA -

Lakeside Fire District CERT has announced training dates for 2013. The new CERT training class will be held on June 1, 15, 29, and July 13.

For more information, visit the district CERT web page here, or phone our office at 619-390-2350.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lakeside Firefighters Receive Sheriff's "Distinguished Service Award"

MCAS Miramar, Bob Hope Theater-

Little did fire crews reporting to work on a September day know they would soon be involved in a shoot out between Sheriff Deputies and a suspect in the 12700 block of Mapleview Street. Deputies from the Santee Sheriff office had developed a lead that possible child abuse was occurring in a local apartment complex. Acting on that information the deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect. Soon shots rang out leaving both deputies injured from gunshot wounds. Deputies returned fire while seeking refuge from the continued gunfire.

A call for assistance was made which brought a response from law enforcement throughout San Diego County. Responding law enforcement officials continued to receive gunfire from the apartment. At the same time the Lakeside Fire Protection District received a call to respond to the incident for the injured officers. An engine company and medic unit responded from the River Park, and Lake Jennings fire stations.

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore makes the award presentation to Captain-Paramedic John Hisaw, Firefighter-Paramedic Danny Leetch, Firefighter-Paramedic Jamie Hazlewood, and Firefighter Paramedic Eric Stamm. Not present was Fire Engineer Rob Andrews.
Knowing that two deputies had suffered life threatening injuries a plan was put into action that would involve fire crews operating under the cover of law enforcement. Crews entered the complex and quickly located the two officers. They were removed to a safe area where advanced life support could be initiated. But it became obvious that both of these patients needed quick transport to the trauma center where definitive care could be initiated.

The most severely injured deputy was loaded into Medic 3 and quickly transported to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center. During the transport the patient received some of the most advanced trauma care allowed in San Diego County.

Calls for additional medic units brought two ALS units from the Santee Fire Department. The second deputy was loaded into an arriving medic unit and was also transported to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center.

As the crime scene was still unfolding the third medic unit staged in the area in anticipation that others may receive injuries. Later that medic unit would be utilized to transport the injured suspect to a local trauma center.

On May 8th, 2013, the San Diego Sheriff Department awarded the "Distinguished Service Award" to Fire Captain-Paramedic John Hisaw, Fire Engineer Rob Andrews, Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm, Firefighter-Paramedic Jamie Hazlewood, and Firefighter-Paramedic Danny Leetch. The award ceremonies took place at MCAS Miramar in the Bob Hope Theater.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Brush Fire Threatens River Bottom


A fast moving brush fire quickly spread from Highway 67 into the nearby San Diego River bottom. On Thursday, May 2nd 2013 at 4:16 PM, Fire Chief Andy Parr observed a small fire starting on southbound Highway 67 between Winter Gardens Blvd and Riverford Rd. After notifying the Heartland Communications Center of the fire a high wildland fire response was dispatched which included three brush rigs, four structural engines, a water tender, two duty chiefs, and an ALS medic unit.

The fire makes an eastward push towards the conservancy.
Fire running eastward down the freeway easement. The fire eventually burned north into the river bottom. (Photo By: Ken Kremensky)
The fire quickly extended off of the freeway easement into the thick fuels north of the freeway. The fire started to make a hard run to the east which threatened the Lakeside River Park Conservancy. Crews were initially placed to stop the eastward spread of the fire while other crews placed hoselays to surround the fire. Due to the dense nature of the vegetation in this area crews were committed for an extended period of time conducting mop-up operations.

Lakeside Engine 2 knocks down flames on the east end of the fire. (Photo By: Ken Kremensky)

Crews work in the heavy vegetation in the river bottom.
Lakeside Fire District was assisted by the Santee Fire Department and CALFIRE, A total of 17 Lakeside personnel responded to the incident.

 The fire consumed 1.5 acres of brush. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

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Lakeside Assists CALFIRE at Brush Fire in Alpine


On Thursday, May 2nd 2013 at 12:54 PM, units from throughout the area were dispatched to the 2100 blk of Twisted Oak Lane for a "high wildland" vegetation fire. The "high wildland" brings additional resources to the fire based on current weather conditions. In this case units from Alpine, Lakeside, CALFIRE, USFS, and Viejas responded to the fire as part of the automatic aid agreement. This augmented response allows incident commanders the ability to address a broader range of needs during the first critical minutes of a fire.

Firefighters from USFS and Lakeside cut hand line around the perimeter of the fire.
Arriving companies found a brush fire burning between residences in medium brush. Crews immediately attacked the fire and placed engines on threatened structures in the neighborhood. Fortunately crews were able to hold the fire to about an acre without any damage to nearby residential structures.

Crews from multiple agencies work to mop-up remaining hot spots.
Due to the dry winter, and the current heat wave, fuels are tinder dry.

Crews were committed for about two hours.

Investigators have determined that the fire was started by weed abatement efforts using a power mower with a metal blade. Any abatement effort utilizing metal blades should be conducted prior to 10 am to prevent sparks from igniting tinder dry vegetation.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District