Photo By Bruce Dembecki
Around 3:30 P.M., on Tuesday June 12, San Jose Fire Department received several reports of smoke in the area of Story Rd. and Senter Rd. in San Jose. Engine 3 arrived in the area and after some investigation found several small grass fires along the creek bed off Remillard Court, north of Story Rd., and given the number of fires escalated the incident to a TIER response. Battalion 2 established the IC on a hill top looking down on both sides of the fires growing in the creek bed.
The area is known to have multiple homeless encampments and fires in this area as a result are not uncommon.
Fire Associates member Bruce Dembecki had Fire Support Unit 2 out doing an ice run after a very busy Monday and was in the area of the incident. Also in the area was Fire Associates member George Hoyt. Once the fire had been controlled, Fire Support Unit 2 was sent down to circulate amongst the fire crews working the site to provide ice cold drinks and CLIF bars, which were greatly appreciated.
The incident became more complicated when one of the local inhabitants rushed over to report a "neighbor" had broken her leg. The crew of Engine 2 went in search of the victim, while Truck 1 and Squad 26 were dispatched to handle the medical call, made more difficult by the need to extricate the woman, who was stuck down a gully near the creek bed.
With the fire extinguished, and the fire crews rehydrated, Fire Support Unit 2 was released at around 5:30 P.M.
- Bruce's photos from this incident can be seen at: Grass Fire
-- Report by Bruce Dembecki