Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lakeside Units Assist with Vegetation Fire in Ramona


On July 13, 2013 Lakeside Fire units were called to assist Cal Fire and U.S.F.S units with a vegetation fire just off of Main St. in Ramona.  Lakeside E2 and WT 7251, both from Lakeside Station 2, went to assist with the suppression efforts.
The body of the main fire from Hwy 67 looking south.
The fire had started along Hwy 67 and moved quickly, spotting ahead of the main body of the fire and causing an additional fire.  The second fire was accessed off of Dye Rd.

A panoramic view of the second fire.  This was the smaller of the two fires.
E2 and WT7251 were assigned to Division B, off of Dye Rd, and assisted with mop up activities for several hours.  The water tender was utilized to wet down the burn area, making quicker work of the mop up.  It is rare that we have topography such as this that allows us to use this function of our apparatus.  As the water tender drove by the crews mopping up with hose lines it was met with applause.

 Water Tender 7251 uses it's bumper nozzles to make quick work of overhauling the fire.

The quick work of Cal Fire and USFS resources, with the aid of Aircraft, were able to quickly extinguish the fire, holding the two fires to a total of 64 acres.  The fire burned through populated areas but no structures were lost, a testament to the effective suppression efforts of the crews on scene.  Cal Fire is investigating the cause of the fire.

Photos and Story by Captain Bernie Molloy

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