Grass fire comes close to homes along upper Bernal Avenue

Firefighters squelch blaze that was headed toward hillside homes on Amanda Place near St. Augustine Catholic Church

A grass fire in the hills above Amanda Place across Bernal from St. Augustine Catholic Church late Saturday was quickly extinguished but not before causing major concerns for residents on that short dead-end street off Bernal.

Weekly photographer Jay Flachsbarth who was on the scene said moderate, but at times gusting winds fanned the flames toward homes on Amanda as firefighters rushed equipment to the area.

Joe Rodondi, deputy fire chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, reported no injuries as a result of the blaze although approximately 5 acres of grassland was burned.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.


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Posted by Dorothy Broderson
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

We all owe a big thank you to whoever reported the fire promptly &

Our fabulous fire department for containing the fire in high winds.

Scary & too close to homes!

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Posted by Irene
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

The fire came within 20 ft of our fenceline. Many thanks to our fire department who quickly got the fire under control. Fire Chief told me that since we cut the tall dry grass and created a firebreak, that this action saved our fence and home from fire damage. Please, for those of you who have homes that backup to dry grass area, create a fire break now and protect yourselves. This grassfire will be one of many this season.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

Irene and neighbors, we appreciate all the efforts in creating those fire breaks so early in the season. It was just a few weeks ago those hills were so green. Not only did you all save your street of homes but ours too across Bernal. We have all seen how big fires can jump streets. We were out of town and received calls with frightening videos. Very scary when you can't do a thing but wait and see what the outcome. Anyway thanks again for the fire break efforts. It made the difference and saved all of our homes.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

Thank you also to the Fire Department for all their efforts!!

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Posted by wondering
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

Does anyone have an idea how the fire started?

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