Sunday, 16 June 2024

Fire burns 10 acres in Spring Valley

A Cal Fire helicopter dropped a hand crew that battled the fire before it began water drops. Spring Valley resident Melinda Needham captured this photo as the helicopter flew over her house on a water drop.


SPRING VALLEY – A grass fire in Spring Valley Monday afternoon burned 10 acres and jumped a road before firefighters brought it under control.

Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze, along New Long Valley Road, just before 1 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

Northshore Fire Battalion Chief Pat Brown credited Cal Fire Helicopter 104 and its crew for quick action.

He said they “pretty well saved the day” when the helicopter dropped off a hand crew that went to work against the fire, which jumped New Long Valley Road and started a run.

The helicopter then began dropping water on the fire, drawing the water from the nearby creek, according to area resident Melinda Needham.

She noted it was amazing how fast firefighters responded between the helicopter and ground crews.

Cal Fire sent five engines, the hand crew and helicopter, said Brown. Northshore Fire sent two engines and a water tender from its Clearlake Oaks station, along with one engine from Lucerne. Lake County Fire Protection District sent a water tender.

The fire was contained at approximately 1:40 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

Brown said the cause is still under investigation.

The fire caused an estimated $1,000 worth of damage to one structure, which it burned right up to before being contained, Brown said.

Monday proved an especially hectic day for area firefighters, especially in neighboring Mendocino County, where the Sheppard Fire was sparked near Ukiah around 3:30 p.m., as Lake County News has reported.

A fire near Lakeport threatened a home and outbuildings on Monday afternoon. A call to the home's owner late Monday was not returned.

At about 5:30 p.m., a small grass fire near Hidden Valley Lake at Spruce Grove Road was put out quickly, according to Cal Fire.

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