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
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.

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