Smoldering eucalyptus tree concerns firefighters

Cal Fire Capt. Don Davis with the Ramona Fire Department works to extinguish a fire that started at the base of the tree at 12th and E streets. Sentinel photo/Philip Garnett

Emergency crews are at the scene of a half-acre fire that started at the base of a eucalyptus tree at 12th and E streets Saturday afternoon. Cause of the fire is unknown, said Cal Fire Capt. Jose Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department.

Firefighters have their eyes on the eucalyptus tree, which is smoldering about 50 feet up and also through the ground. They do not plan to leave until they are confident there is no threat of the tree reigniting.

With strong gusty winds and extremely low humidity expected to start Sunday, officials called for a fire weather watch Saturday.

The tree is at least 100 feet tall.

The fire burned up the tree, leaving dead bark along its trail. A house near the tree initially was threatened by the fire, said a witness.

An unidentified man living in a home near the eucalyptus tree uses a garden hose to help extinguish the fire. Sentinel photo/Philip Garnett

Cal Fire Firefighter Albert Sutton with the Ramona Fire Department works to extinguish a eucalytus tree fire from the base of the tree. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Sentinel photo/Philip Garnett

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Nov 3 2012. Filed under Featured Story, News, Ramona, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

4 Comments for “Smoldering eucalyptus tree concerns firefighters”

  1. kevin

    Cut it down, and put it out? Done in 1 hour!
    No need for the drama

  2. unknown

    CalFire!!! Ramona's best and Only Fire Department!!

  3. Reporter, FOX5

    Anybody doing early fire prevention to their home? Pleae call FOX5 AT 858-573-6500.. We are looking to do a fire prevention story today as we head into fire season. Thanks!

  4. PomeradoNews

    Yes, it is. According to the fire department, they stayed until just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday and returned for about 2 1/2 hours Sunday.
    Maureen Robertson

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