Wednesday, June 20, 2012

FASCV Requested for San Jose Grass Fire

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
On June 20, at approximately 4:30 P.M., San Jose Fire and Cal Fire dispatched resources to a grass fire at Coyote Creek Golf Drive and Hwy. 101, on the east side, between Morgan Hill and San Jose. It was a hot, dry afternoon with a Burn Index above 80, and enroute SJ BC 13 Juan Diaz requested Fire Associates to respond. Soon it was upgraded from a Tier I response to a Tier II, with South Santa Clara County Fire and Cal Fire sending a response of engines, aircraft and dozers. About 20 acres of hillside and valley burned before being contained. No structures were threatened.
John Whiteside responded with Fire Support Unit 3 at 4:50 P.M. and members Bruce Dembecki, Ron Green, Mike Chappell and guest Walter Huber arrived and assisted John in setting up Rehab. Lemonade, water, Gatorade, and CLIF bars were dispensed and 40 burritos were picked up by Ron and Walter. Crews were fed about at 7:30 P.M. and FSU 3 was released at 8:15 P.M. Many photos were made by Bruce who had an opportunity to ride the fireground and perimeter with BC 13.
-- Reported By John Whiteside