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Quick action avoids large fire in east Pleasanton

Firefighters extinguished one-acre blaze Tuesday

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire officials extinguished a small brush fire in East Pleasanton on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to 5 Tuscany Place at 2:05 p.m. to handle a one-acre brush fire, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department battalion chief Joe Testa said. When firefighters arrived, the blaze was about 100 feet away from a home and moving "moderately" fast through tall, dry grass.

Six Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department fire trucks arrived on scene, but the fire was on a steep hill where the trucks couldn't reach. The firefighters stretched their hoses and used extension hoses to reach the fire.

The brush fire was under control after 20 minutes. The fire originated near a construction site, and while the cause is under investigation, arson is not suspected, Testa said.

"Had the initial actions of firefighters not been able to contain this fire, it would have likely spread to hundreds of acres and threatened homes in the area around Ruby Hill," Testa said.

No buildings were damaged, and no one was injured, he said. Firefighters will continue to patrol for hot spots until Wednesday.

"This fire serves as a reminder to use caution when around the dry grass areas of this region as even a small spark can lead to a large fire. Mowing and weed abatement should be done in morning hours using equipment with spark arrestors," Testa said.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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