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Orinda brush fire quickly contained

By asoglin
Monday, May 21st, 2007 at 4:19 pm in Uncategorized.

A brush fire off Bear Ridge Road in the Sleepy Hollow area of Orinda threatened three homes and damaged an outbuilding this morning before crews from the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department contained it.

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer had this to say about the blaze:

“It is another example of how our city is living close to the edge in terms of fire safety.

We need our residents to exercise great care in maintaining fire safe conditions around their property.

We also need to upgrade our water pipes to ensure adequate water volume for emergencies.

If it had been a windy day, this hillside fire in the middle of a dozen homes could have been a citywide conflagration.

Our fire crews, with help from the county and state, did a great job in getting the fire under control before any life or property was lost.”

The fire started about 10:30 a.m., apparently from a mechanical failure on a drilling rig working in the area. The driver of the rig suffered minor to moderate burns and refused treatment, said Battalion Chief Bryan Collins.

Fifteen fire engines and two helicopters were called to the fire, which burned about one and a half acres, he said. Collins credited low winds and otherwise cooperative weather for helping firefighters contain it.

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