Photo By John Whitaker
On Tuesday afternoon, May 14, John Whiteside was at San Jose Station 35 doing FSU-3 maintenance when a series of vegetation fires erupted along Hwy. 237 at
North First Street
in San Jose near the border. With 3 different fire
locations, totaling 4 acres, the event became a multi-alarm response for Sunnyvale San Jose and .
Sunnyvale San Jose sent 5 engines, 2 water tenders and 1
sent 5 engines and 1 BC. Sunnyvale
The 237 Highway and N. First Street had to be shutdown in all directions due to smoke and also to allow fire equipment access along the westbound side to fight the fires. The water tenders and several engines made many water shuttles to the many engine companies who had hose lines deployed. Needless to say, at the height of the rush hour, this caused serious traffic problems. Engines were stationed on all the access ramps at the interchange as well as along the shoulder and slow lane of Hwy. 237.
The highway shutdown caused tremendous traffic jams in the high-tech area of north
Photo By Bruce Dembecki
Rehab was set up next to the Incident Command vehicle and dispensed water, lemonade, Gatorade and Clif bars to firefighters. FSU-3 was released about 1700 and was in quarters at Station 35 by 1815. There were numerous smoke reports the following day, requiring engine responses to the same area.
- John Whitaker's photos can be viewed at: Interchange Fires
- Bruce Dembecki's photos can be viewed at: Hwy. 237 Fires
- An ABC7 News story can be read at: Hwy 237 Reopens