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News - July 18, 2012

Workers quickly contain fire

Five or six workers mowing tall weeds at 265 Mountain Wood Lane in Woodside may have started a grass fire but also brought it under control with their own hoses shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District told the Almanac.

A mower blade may have hit a rock and caused a spark, Chief Ghiorso said. "We don't like them doing that at this time of day," he said, adding that the fire marshal is investigating the scene.

The fire was first reported as a column of smoke near Woodside and Bear Gulch roads by firefighters returning to the main fire station on Woodside Road. A subsequent call by a resident reported a structure fire nearby on Mountain Wood Lane, which elicited a "full response" of vehicles and personnel appropriate to such a fire, the chief said.

At one point, five or six firefighting vehicles, an ambulance and three battalion chiefs were assigned, but after a few minutes two of the vehicles were enough to "mop this up," according to an audio report from the website


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