A briefly raging brush fire in the east hills near Livermore homes and another yesterday at the Livermore Lab's Site 300 17 miles west of the facility were quickly extinguished but also showed the risks fires pose to populated areas in the Tri-Valley.
The blaze in Livermore's eastern hills was photographed by Tod Pohlmann from his home in Waverly Commons. He said the fire was between Los Positas Road and Portola Avenue just west of North Mines Road near an abandoned water tower.
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Testa told Pohlmann that the fire, believed started by youths seen in the area, was fueled by high winds and consumed about 3 acres of dry brush before being brought under control.
Four fire stations from the department and 15 firefighters responded to the blaze, extinguishing it in 15 minutes and spending another 1-1/2 hours cleaning up the area to make sure no hot spots remained. One house was threatened by the fire but did not burn.
Yesterday, Alameda County firefighters extinguished a small grass fire on Site 300, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's experimental test site, located about 17 miles southeast of the Lab's main site.
The fire, estimated to be from 4-5 acres, began about 3:10 p.m. and was contained by 3:45 p.m. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. Like at the east hills fire, fire crews remained on the site to long enough to ensure no flare ups.
The fire started near the southern perimeter of the test site, across the street from State
Vehicular Recreation Area.