Thursday, 30 May 2024

Bartlett Springs fire quickly contained

BARTLETT SPRINGS – Another fire struck the county's remote Bartlett Springs area Friday afternoon.


Local firefighters, US Forest Service and Cal Fire responded to the quarter-acre wildland fire reported at about 2:20 p.m. Friday, according to Cal Fire.


According to radio transmissions, a passing motorist spotted the fire and reported it from Highway 20 near Bartlett Springs Road.


Cal Fire sent one battalion chief, three engines, one fire crew, one bulldozer and a helicopter, the agency reported.


Cal Fire did not have information on county resources dispatched to the scene.


The fire was quickly contained by 2:40 p.m., Cal Fire reported.


Scanner traffic indicated that officials spotted two to three vehicles leaving the area of the fire, including a silver Jeep and a male subject on a motorcycle who raced by firefighters as they made their way up the hill to the fire.


Tobie Edmonds, a fire investigator with Northshore Fire Protection District, said he planned to join fire investigators for Cal Fire and the US Forest Service at the fire scene Saturday.


“We are going to go up and investigate the cause and origin,” Edmonds said Friday evening.


In recent months, Bartlett Springs has been hit by a series of fires that the Lake County Arson Task Force continues to investigate, said Edmonds.


Edmonds estimated that there have been eight fires since the summer. Earlier blazes claimed the Bartlett Springs Resort Lodge, the resort's historic gazebo and another building in the area, as Lake County News previously reported.


Regarding Friday's fire, Edmonds said he didn't expect the full Arson Task Force – which includes representative members from all of the county's fire districts and law enforcement agencies – would be called out to look at it.


Harold LaBonte contributed to this report.


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