Thursday, 18 July 2024

Mowing triggers vegetation fire along Highway 29

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. – A Friday evening vegetation fire along Highway 29 inside Napa County was attributed to a man mowing grass late in the day.


The fire, which was dispatched around 5 p.m., was located just north of Calistoga on the west side of Highway 29 on the way up Mount St. Helena, according to Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.


Cal Fire sent 18 engines, six hand crews, four bull dozers, two helicopters and four air tankers to fight the blaze, located in thick brush, Berlant said. Napa County Fire and other area agencies also sent resources to the scene.


Berlant said one firefighter sustained a minor injury while fighting the fire, which had reached 10 acres by 10:30 p.m. but was 60-percent contained at that time.


The California Highway Patrol reported that its officers, along with Caltrans, were called to close Highway 29 around 5:30 p.m.


Berlant said the highway was closed for several hours, but had reopened by around 9 p.m.


The cause of the fire was a man using a lawnmower to cut dead grass at around 5 p.m. which, even though it's late in the day, is still part of the peak time for daily temperature, said Berlant.


Firefighters were to remain on scene through the night and into the morning to fully contain the fire and monitor hot spots, Berlant said. The fire is expected to be fully contained by 8 a.m. on Saturday.

 

Berlant said that, although temperatures have been below average for this time of year, conditions are heating up and fire danger is therefore increasing.


Cal Fire urges homeowners who are clearing dead weeds to make sure they do it before 10 a.m., when it is cooler out, said Berlant. The blade of lawn mower or weedeater can easily strike a rock and start a fire.


In addition they urge people not to mow on dry or windy days.


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