Fire near Cuesta Grade Summit

WildCAD reports:

04/19/2015 11:13 LPF-982
TOWER SLU Wildfire TV TOWER ROAD SL . . . . . 35.357 x 120.648
Detail Information
12:37 PM 21 [83] ADDTL CALLER TOT CALFIRE
12:19 PM 20 [77] ADDTL CALLER ADVSD FIRE 97
12:16 PM 19 [69] [Appended, 12:17:19] [1] OPEN LINE NEG RESP
12:12 PM 18 [68] ADDTL CALLER TOT CALFIRE
12:04 PM 17 [66] A28-101 NEG 1125 FIRE IS UNDER CONTROL
12:03 PM 16 [65] ADDTL RP TOT CALFIRE
11:53 AM 15 [57] [Appended, 11:53:30] [1] BRUSH FIRE
11:25 AM 14 [53] A28-101 SEV FIRE VEHS 97
11:22 AM 13 [42] 1039 CALFIRE
11:21 AM 12 [41] TRANS ALL CALLS TO CAL FIR
11:20 AM 11 [31] ADDTL CALLER TOT CALFIRE
11:19 AM 10 [27] ADDTL CALLER TOT CALFIRE
11:18 AM 9 [24] 1039 28-S3
11:16 AM 8 [15] ADDTL CALLER// TOT CALFIRE
11:14 AM 7 [10] BLUISH WHI GRAY SMOKE
11:14 AM 6 [9] TOT CALFIRE
11:14 AM 5 [7] [Appended, 11:14:34] [1] TREES ON FIRE// SMOKE VISIBLE 
11:14 AM 4 [6] NEG 1125
11:13 AM 3 [5] TOT CAL FIRE
11:13 AM 2 [3] GRAY SMOKE 
11:12 AM 1 [1] SMOKE ON WEST SIDE OF MOUNTAINS
Unit Information
11:14 AM 4 Unit Assigned
11:14 AM 3 Unit Enroute
11:22 AM 2 Unit At Scene
12:05 PM 1 Unit Cleared

Another South Coast Accident

Near Pacific Valley. Two more days of this LONG weekend, people. Try to get there and back alive.

[14] 1039 28-23
7:42 PM 6 [10] PER S5 / HAVE SLO OFFICER MAKE CONTACT/ENSURE NO DUI INVOLVED AND TAKE REG TC STATEMENT
7:11 PM 5 [6] 1039 CAMBRIA TOW
7:09 PM 4 [5] REQ MTY CHP HANDLE 11-85
7:09 PM 3 [4] SLO WILL INQ REG UNIT TO HOSPITAL TO MAKE CTC
7:07 PM 2 [3] CDF REQ 1185 FOR VEH
7:06 PM 1 [2] MC IS STILL 97 AT SCENE, INVLVD REQ 1185R – HAS 2 FRIENDS ON MCS 1097, 1023ING FOR 1185

Also there was a 50 acre fire, now contained, E of Atascadero at 41 E and Homestead. Here is a photo of that fire by Cal Fire SLO.

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Carmel Valley Fire

Early this morning, a fire broke out at a home on Tassajara Rd. The home was destroyed, and another building was partially destroyed, along with 2 vehicles. The occupants were able to get out and are not injured. CalFire, Carmel Valley Fire and Cachagua Volunteer Fire Brigade worked to prevent it from spreading to the surrounding vegetation. At last report, 1/2 acre is involved, no other structures currently threatened.

Kelly O’Brien of KUSP and Jamesburg reports: “The fire started at about 4:00 am this morning. The local CERT and Community Task Force member Greg Schermann began calling neighbors at about 5:00 am to warn them about the danger of this structure fire turning into a wildland fire.

The fire spread rapidly, and by the time Cachagua Fire crews arrived on scene – minutes after the start of the blaze – the fire had engulfed the entire house, casting firebrands over a wide area and threatening the brush and wildlands adjacent to the property.”

Here is a photo to provide an idea of the location taken by Kelly O’Brien. You can see the smoke from the fire, and the hill up which it could have easily run directly behind it:
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Kelly tells us: “Cachagua, Carmel Valley and Cal Fire Crews responded.

The hill you see behind the property was threatened, but thanks to quick, very regimented and thoughtful action, the house, which was engulfed in flames, did not turn into a wildland fire. This intersection is the only way out of the area for Jamesburg residents ( the direction from which I’m shooting the pic ).”

Tassajara House

“Remains of the house… one outbuilding was a also destroyed. The family is OK and all of their animals survived. The fire was believed started by a bad electrical connection… many extension cords were used on the property, and it’s possible that the one used to power a chicken coop heater may have caused the blaze,” Kelly O’Brien writes.

Thanks, Kelly for the great reporting and photos. I should have to pay you a salary — that is if I made anything from my blog!! Thank goodness KUSP can pay you!

And lastly, a huge THANK YOU to the men and women of Cachagua VFB, Carmel Valley Fire and Cal Fire Crews.

A little side note — this is my 500th post since I started this silly blog on July 5, 2008. A milestone, of sorts. 500 posts in 14 months. Whew!