Wildfire near Woodside 80 percent contained, Cal Fire says

Full containment expected by 7 p.m. tonight

Firefighters say they expect full containment of the Skeggs fire by 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. The vegetation fire burned about 50 acres over three days and nights in the forested hills west of Woodside and east of the Skeggs Point along Skyline Drive.

The fire is now 80 percent contained – up from 40 percent on Thursday afternoon – and incident commanders have continued scaling back the effort, according to Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox of the California Department of Forestry and Fire.

In a departure from previous statements from Cal Fire, the latest notes one minor injury. Crews fighting the fire on the ground have been a combination of firefighters and inmates – men and women – from around Northern California.

The number of fire engines working the Skeggs fire is down to five from 10 on Thursday, the number of hand crews working the fire is down to four from six, and the total number of people fighting the fire is now 85, down from 136, according to Cal Fire.

"Firefighters continue to mop up and patrol for hot spots in steep terrain and heavy fuels," Mr. Cox said in a summarizing the situation in a press statement.

Wunderlich county park and the Folger barn were scheduled to reopen this morning, Fire Marshal Denise Enea of the Woodside Fire Protection District said Thursday.

Huddart Park remains closed as does Kings Mountain Road between Woodside Road and Skyline Boulevard.

The fire so far has not caused any structural damage, Mr. Cox said.

Cal Fire is leading the effort with help from the Woodside fire district, the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Company, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District, the California Water Service Company, and the San Mateo County Parks Department.


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Posted by Thankful
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Sep 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Thank you Firefighters!

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Posted by Kathy Weiss
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Sep 14, 2017 at 9:07 am

Thankyou firefighters!

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Posted by Marilyn Voelke
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Thank you Woodside Fire, and all others, who fought this fire on our behalf. Woodside Fire is dedicated to keeping us safe. They have been consistently training to fight fires just like this one. Support them when you can, so they can support us. Call to ask for a free inspection of your home and property to learn whether you are doing all you can to keep yourself, and the community safe.

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