A brush fire that ignited Monday morning charred 1.5 acres on a hillside along Foothill Road, south of Interstate 580.
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department got a call about the fire, located off of Foothill and Laurel Creek Way at 9:13 a.m., according to Battalion Chief Joseph Testa. Six units from Livermore-Pleasanton and Alameda County fire departments responded to the two-alarm blaze. It was contained by 9:30 a.m.
"We believe it was started from a PG&E transformer that blew," Testa said, adding that when that happens, sparks fly to the ground.
The fire was driven by three factors: winds, brush, and triple-digit heat over the weekend that further dried out the vegetation. It spread faster than a typical fire because it was on a steep hillside.
No injuries or property damage were reported.
Testa said the fire is a good reminder to people that this is the most risky time of the year for fires, especially with an above-average amount of dry fuel. Some fire safety tips include clearing brush around the perimeter of your property, not leaving candles unattended and creating a fire safety plan for your home.