Thursday, October 30, 2008

CA-SCU- Ledeit - Prescribed burn - Slop over - 350-acres

Mt. Hamilton vegetation fire

Update: 18:00hrs - What does not get put out by rain tonight will get picked up tomorrow, Staging at Sweetwater station. Fire near Smith Creek station.

Cal Fire crews on Thursday evening battled a 350-acre grass fire at Ledeit Ranch on Mount Hamilton Road after winds sent what was supposed to be initially a control burn out of control.

Initial sizeup: 10:00hrs., a 150-acre prescribed burn, began burning at the ranch. But around noon, the winds unexpectedly kicked up to 30 mph and accelerated the flames, said Cal Fire Batallion Chief Ken McGeever.

McGeever said the flames quickly grew to 350 acres. "There is still a high risk of fire danger with any fire until we get a significant amount of rain," McGeever said.

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