Firefighters in Lakeside were called out on Monday August 18, 2014 to reports of a fully involved vehicle fire on Highway 67 near Scripps Poway Parkway. The dispatch location falls near the border of three fire districts, so units from Lakeside, Cal Fire, and Poway Fire were dispatched.
Cal Fire Engine 3388 arrived just before Lakeside Engine 2 and reported a fully involved vehicle fire that was spreading into the vegetation. Crews from the Cal Fire Engine and Lakeside Engine 2 split their efforts, using one hose line out to address the vehicle fire and one hose line to address the vegetation fire. The fire in the vegetation was quickly stopped and held to under 1/4 of an acre. The vehicle fire was also extinguished, but the car was a complete loss.
The incident, which occurred during the evening commute, caused quite a bit of traffic on HWY 67. CHP assisted the Fire crews on scene by making what is usually a four line highway into a 2 lane highway. This assistance gave firefighters enough space to address the two fires safely.
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Story and Photos by Captain Bernie Molloy