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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