Saturday, 18 May 2024

Firefighters work on mop up at Lower Lake fire area

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Firefighter Phil Mateer surveys the burned landscape. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

 

 


LOWER LAKE – On Tuesday, firefighters and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employees remained at work on the scene of a fire that broke out the previous day.


The fire, located along Highway 29 near Manning Flat, was sparked mid-afternoon Monday, caused a highway closure and burned approximately 182 acres, as Lake County News has reported.


Downed power lines may have been a contributing factor, according to Cal Fire.


Along Highway 29, PG&E trucks were at work through the day, replacing more than a dozen power poles. Some of the poles were at the roadside, and some others were located in steeper terrain 50 to 100 feet east of the roadway.


The work required one-way traffic control in the area all day until about 4 p.m.


No homes were in danger, although DNA Quarry was nearby.


There, three Cal Fire hand crews spent the day working to put out hot spots and clean up the fire lines.


Many of the firefighters had worked into the night and were relieved about midnight, returning after about four hours of rest.


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The fire burned much of a small hill. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

 

 

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PG&E spent the day replacing about a dozen power poles in the area. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

 

 

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Phil Mateer and crew on water break. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

 

 

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Rookie firefighter Anthony Oandason takes a well-deserved rest with a cold drink of water. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

 

 

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Konocti Conservation crews set out to cover fire lines. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

 

 

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A closer view of the burned landscape. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

 

 

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Trees on the hillside were badly burned in the Monday fire. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

 

 


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