Wednesday, 01 February 2023

Fires hit Cobb, Bartlett Springs Sunday

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Cal Fire firefighters on their way up to a fire off of Ridge Road on Cobb. Photo by Liam and Robert Lynch.

 

LAKE COUNTY – Two fires on different ends of the county called on local, state and federal firefighters Sunday.


Two small fires along Ridge Road on Cobb ignited just after 2:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.


Engineer Brion Borba of South Lake County Fire Protection District's Cobb Fire Station said the Ridge Road fires were caused when a tree came down into some power lines, causing them to arc.


The biggest of the two fires burned about an acre, said Borba.


Cal Fire reported that the second fire was about a quarter-acre in size.


The fires threatened two structures in the immediate area, said Borba. One fire backed up to one of the homes and was headed toward another.


Borba said South Lake Fire sent three fire engines and a bulldozer to the fire. Cal Fire also sent three engines, a hand crew and a helicopter, which was canceled but sent its crew anyway to help on the ground.


Between the two agencies there were a total of between 15 and 20 firefighters on scene, added Borba.


Borba said the last engine left the scene at 7:30 p.m.


He said conditions on Cobb are very dry.


“It's burning just like it would in the summertime,” he said. “If we had had wind on this fire it would have been a lot worse.”


South Lake Fire encourages people to be careful due to the dry conditions.


Another fire hits Bartlett Springs


Cal Fire reported that a structure fire on Bartlett Springs was reported at 5:53 p.m.


The fire, according to Cal Fire, was on Mendocino National Forest land, with the US Forest Service as the lead responder. Cal Fire sent one engine, and firefighters remained on scene until Sunday evening.


Mendocino Forest officials could not be reached Sunday for more information on the fire.


Over the summer, Bartlett Springs was the site of two other structure fires, both believed to be arson, as Lake County News previously reported. A fire in late July claimed the third Bartlett Springs Resort Lodge, while a September fire destroyed the rebuilt Bartlett Springs Resort gazebo.


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