Saturday, November 24, 2007

CA-MVU-Haveford - Wildland fire - 30 acres 100%

Location: Ramona - 09:50 - , State Route 78 near Haverford Road,
Sizeup: Large header, 30+ acres, rapid ROS Northeast wind driven, About 100 homes were threatened, but none have burned.
Resources: 3 ST of engines on order for structure protection. The initial dispatch was double the normal. 200 firefighters, three air tankers and three helicopters initial attack. Aircraft called off about 11:30 a.m., according to Cal Fire. Nineteen engines and four fire crews remained on the scene shortly after noon.
IC says it is "One Big Finger".
Injuries: Two firefighters received minor injuries, including one who was inside a fire engine when a load of fire retardant landed on the engine and broke the windshield. No further information about the firefighters' conditions was available.
Weather: Winds six to 12 miles per hour
Cause: Started accidentally when sparks from a diamond saw being used by a homeowner ignited surrounding combustibles
Updates: It was 100 percent contained by 1:30 p.m
1330 hrs 30 acres 100%
1200 hrs 50 acres 50%
WebCam: http://archive.hpwren.ucsd.edu/camer...ren-iqeye2.jpg

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