Mower-ignited grass fire quickly extinguished at Webb Ranch


Local firefighters responded quickly to a small grass fire off Alpine Road on the Webb Ranch just minutes after noon Tuesday (Aug. 11), and extinguished the blaze by 12:30, according to the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

The fire, at 2720 Webb Ranch Road near Interstate 280, was started by mowers in use by Stanford University on university property, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said.

Battalion Chief Kevin Butler was driving on Interstate 280, saw smoke and called in the fire, Chief Ghiorso said.

Fire officials said about a half-acre of grass and brush burned. The fire did not threaten any structures, and there were no injuries, said Safety Officer John Berg of the San Mateo County Fire department.

Firefighters were on the site for three hours, but had the fire knocked down in 10 to 15 minutes, Mr. Berg said.

The incident drew 18 firefighters from the Woodside district, Menlo Park, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the county firefighting agency, Chief Ghiorso said.

Firefighters returned to the scene last night around 6:10 p.m. to douse a spot reported to be smoking, Chief Ghiorso said.

There was no danger, he said, because firefighters had already cleared the ground to create a fire break around the blackened site of the original fire.

— Dave Boyce

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