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

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