'Suspicious' grass fire extinguished as it nears homes in Kottinger Ranch

Flames contained after spreading up to homeowners' back fences

A grass fire on a Kottinger Ranch hillside was quickly contained Wednesday afternoon but not before worried residents away from the area rushed back to check on their homes, children and pets.

The fire was reported around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Hearst Drive and Remillard Court. It spread through about two acres of dry grass and bushes before it was contained around 4 p.m., Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department spokesman Mike Miller said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, although the cause was deemed "suspicious," Miller said.

The department responded alongside Cal Fire. While the fire spread to residents' fence lines, homeowners had created fire abatement structures that kept the flames away from their backyards, fire officials said.

Firefighters will remain on scene through the evening to extinguish hot spots, according to the department.

Streets that lead to Remillard Court were closed while firefighters worked, and some residents were being allowed back into the neighborhood as of 3:30 p.m.

Resident Terri Maxoutopoulis was among the neighbors who drove by the area. She said some neighbors worry about the dry grassland that borders the neighborhood, especially since drought conditions have been drying out their own backyards.

Maxoutopoulis said a brush fire broke out about seven years ago in nearly the same spot, but no incidents have happened in the years between.

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5 people like this
Posted by question
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

Is this right, "homeowners had created fire abatement structures that kept the flames away from their homes"? I know they disc the fields for the houses that back to open space to keep the dry burning grasses away from the fences, but I have never seen any "structures."
Does anyone know what an abatement structure is?

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Yes, it's a masonry wall.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm

I live in the area and have never understood why the Kottinger Ranch homeowners association does not cut the grass between Remillard and Grant. This is the 3rd fire I'm aware of and the grass is very long and dry, dry, dry! All it takes is one tiny spark.

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