Monday, November 10, 2014

Vegetation Fire in Rios Canyon Brings Multi-Agency Response

Rios Canyon-

On Monday, November 10, 2014, at 2:03 p.m., the Heartland Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a vegetation fire burning in the canyon in the 14300 block of Rios Canyon Road. The Central Zone sent one brush pumper, two structural pumpers, a water tender, ALS medic unit, and a chief officer to the incident. Simultaneously, CalFire started a response that included engines, hand crews, and aircraft.

Lakeside Fire crews take action to stop the spread towards dwellings.
On the arrival of Lakeside Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Fire Station), firefighters located a fire burning in light flashy fuels, intermixed with downed tree limbs. The fire was making an uphill run towards an adjoining mobile home park. Engine 3's crew initiated a hose evolution that would cut-off the spread towards occupied dwellings. Additional engines from CalFire and Alpine Fire Protection District took up positions to contain the fire to an area a little over an acre.

Lakeside, CalFire, and Alpine crews mop-up hot spots.
A CalFire hand crew cut a containment line around the fire perimeter.
Both the fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft were cancelled as crews made good progress on the fire.

No structural damage was reported. CalFire is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

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

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Passing of Retired Lakeside Fire Engineer Michael Stovall

The Lakeside Fire family has recently lost a member of their extended family. Retired Fire Engineer Michael Stovall has passed at the age of 71 from a sudden illness.

Mike served a long and fulfilling career with the Lakeside Fire Protection District. In his time with the District Mike saw enormous growth during his tenure with the agency. From a small two station agency, Mike saw the addition of two more stations, the introduction of paramedics, and the hiring of a number of employees that still carry-on with skills that were passed on by Mike.

Mike retired from the Lakeside Fire District in 2000. Mike was also a long time Lakeside resident.

Mike leaves behind his wife Patsy, and many other members of his family.

KSON's John and Tammy Kick-Off Food Drive in Lakeside


KSON's hit morning crew picked Lakeside as the starting point of their annual Food Drive. John and Tammy came to the Lakeside Cafe to collect canned good for hungry families in the region. Partnered with the San Diego Food Bank they are on a mission to see that families have food on their tables this holiday season.

The Lakeside Firefighters are proud to be associated with this grass roots effort. This year the crew from Lakeside Engine One paid a visit to the event and make their contribution of a barrel full of items.

This event will carry on throughout the month of November at locations throughout San Diego. If you would like to drop-in and make a contribution please visit their website. Just click on the KSON sign below and it will take you to that site.

Lakeside Fire Fighters with John and Tammy (and crew) from KSON