Woodside: Firefighters quickly control grass fire


Firefighters contained a Woodside grass fire in about 30 minutes Sunday afternoon after a tree in the backyard of a home on Grandview Drive fell across an electrical line at about 2 p.m., triggering the fire.

Damage was limited to a third of an acre of wild vegetation such as grass and trees, Battalion Chief Steve Slaughter of the Woodside Fire Protection District said. There were no injuries, he said.

About 40 firefighters were on the scene at one point, including firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in La Honda. The response included six fire engines and a hand crew of 12 inmates under the supervision of Cal Fire, Mr. Slaughter said.

Temperature and wind conditions were favorable for containing the fire, he said, adding that site also showed signs of work been done to create defensible space – areas of vegetation trimmed so as to slow a fire by reducing the potential fuel load.

Firefighters left after about four hours, but crews returned twice overnight with thermal imaging devices to check for re-ignition, Mr. Slaughter said.

A resident in the house called 911 after hearing a tree fall and seeing arcs from an electrical line knocked down by the falling tree, Mr. Slaughter said.


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Posted by woodsider
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Thank you to our fantastic community of fire fighters and to all of those who have taken advantage of the Town's matching program for defensible space/vegetation removal (up to $2000!). PLEASE let this be a reminder that there is always the ever-present risk of wildfire in our community and it's up to us to do our part!!!

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Posted by Generation 3 Woodside
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm

I know that the fire started at 2:17. I was leaving the house, and I saw the tree fall on the power line. My mom told my brother and I to stay in the car while she went to check the damage. It went up in flames while she was on the phone with 911. I have video of the fire, and I have pictures of the smoke before it went in flames.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm

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firemen are awesome!!

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