Brush fire burns 1.5 acres on Foothill Road hillside

No injuries or property damage reported

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.

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Posted by Alexander
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm

The blown-out transformer caused closure of several businesses at 7901 Stoneridge Drive as there was no power. Quite surreal for a 1st day on the job. Guess I'll start tomorrow instead.

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Posted by Dale
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

I happen to know the person who called the fire department. I just wanted to point out that the reason she called the fire department was because she was put on hold and got a bunch of voice mail run-around when she dialed 911. If she had not hung up and called the fire department instead, houses would have burned.

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Posted by Anne
a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 28, 2009 at 2:40 pm

When you call 911 from a cell phone it goes to the CHP office, then it gets sent to the local police or fire dept. You can be put on hold for a while when calling from a cell phone due to the volume of calls that they get. You should program both the police and fire dept numbers into your cell phones for the city in which you live.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 29, 2009 at 9:22 am


Great advice! Programing those 'direct' numbers is the way to go.

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Posted by Earl
a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 29, 2009 at 9:23 am

Wow, great info here for the general public. Anne's suggestion should be in the printed newspaper and highlighted.

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Posted by David Stark
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 29, 2009 at 9:58 am

My office is directly across Foothill from the location of this incident. I was sitting at my desk on the phone when I heard and felt what sounded like a big explosion. The force of the transformer letting go was enough to rattle the windows. The LPFD had it mopped up pretty quickly. Luckily there's a small park at the top of the knoll and they were able to attack it from the top and bottom. About a half hour after the incident was over building management cleared us all out for the rest of the day.

I agree with Alexander, an interesting way to start the week!

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Posted by Anne
a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Fire Dept # is 925-371-4987 Police Dept # is 925-931-5122 so program these into your cell phones. Earl, if you do live in Castlewood this information has been given to home owners many times.

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Posted by Thankful
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:22 am

Thanks Anne for the info I have programmed both numbers into my mobile....will tell my kids to do the same...

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Posted by M
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm

And list those #'s as "A Pleasanton Police" and "A Pleasanton Fire". That way they are 1st in your phone book and you don't have to scroll or search for them.

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