Small grass fire doused in Danville

Flames sparked while dry weeds were being cut between Dolphin Drive homes

Firefighters put out a small vegetation fire in Danville Thursday afternoon after flames sparked while dry native weeds were being cut between homes, according to San Ramon Valley Fire officials.

The fire burned less than one acre on a residential hillside and was contained in under 20 minutes, fire district spokeswoman Kimberly French said. No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

"While it is important to maintain the dry vegetation around our homes, it is equally important to do it properly," said fire marshal Christina Kiefer. "We want people to be aware of the weather conditions and to avoid cutting grasses when the weather is hot and/or windy. We want property owners to cut grasses in the morning hours when the moisture content is highest, typically before 10 a.m."

The incident was first reported at 12:41 p.m. on Dolphin Drive, off El Cerro Boulevard in northern Danville, French said.

Upon arrival, fire personnel engaged in an "aggressive offensive attack" to quickly contain the fire, according to French, who said fire district response consisted of three fire engines, two wildland fire engines, three fire chiefs, one ambulance and one fire investigator.

The specific cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it was sparked during weed abatement activities on the property, according to French. One resident was home at the time of the fire, she said.

French reminded residents across the San Ramon Valley to remain cautious when maintaining their properties during dry weather conditions. For fire safety tips, visit the district website.


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Posted by JRM
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2014 at 7:17 am

I saw the smoke and I was immediately concerned it was the decrepit Darby Plaza burning, he finally had the weeds cut but it is still an eyesore and a fire hazard. One tip for Mr. Darby , if you want to lease out available space you need to maintain your property.

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