Permitted burn triggers 1.5-acre fire Sunday afternoon

Photo: Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez

Cal Fire/Ramona firefighters extinguish a 1.5-acre brush fire triggered by an escaped permitted burn pile behind 3337 Highway 67 on Sunday afternoon, Capt. Robert Ramirez reports. Six engines, one helicopter, and one hand crew responded to the 12:31 p.m. call. It took crews about 30 minutes to stop the forward progress of the fire, said Ramirez. Crews remained at the scene until 3:40 p.m. mopping up all hot spots.

Firefighters work the perimeter of a 1.5-acre brush fire Sunday afternoon. Photo: Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez

Cal Fire/Ramona firefighters wet hot spots from a vegetation fire that started behind 3337 Highway 67 when a permitted burn pile got out of control Sunday afternoon. Photo: Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Oct 28 2013. Filed under Featured Story, News, Ramona, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

2 Comments for “Permitted burn triggers 1.5-acre fire Sunday afternoon”

  1. Conserned

    My husband and I were taking a walk near Airport Road. Didn't see anyone watching the permitted burn through our binocs. I always thought that a permitted burn meant you had water source available and was watching the fire just in case things got out of hand. Am I wrong ?

  2. Just.a.citizen

    You are not wrong. It was very irresponsible of the burner to let it get out of control but the initial responsibility should go to the agency that allowed the burn in the first place. Who the heck issues burn permits in October, our most devastating fire month?

    Second, with this and the other fire across 67, it took fire crews 15 minutes or longer to respond. There is a communication breakdown between 911 and the local responders. Another question is: how can our emergency communications departments not understand how severely urgent ANY fire report is at this time of year?

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