A SUNDAY FIRE came close to homes in Serrano but thanks to firefighters' quick work and the community's defensible space no structures were really threatened. Photo by Chuck Seaborg

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Grass fire scorches 2 acres in Serrano

By From page A22 | August 1, 2011

El Dorado Hills firefighters made quick work of a 2-plus acre wildland fire Sunday afternoon. The fire worried residents who saw the field directly behind their home consumed by flames, but never directly threatened any homes.

Fire Marshal Jim O’Camb said that the fire appeared to start near a trail in the green belt southeast of Borders Drive and Archetto Drive in Serrano.

The combination of steel fences, tile roofs, stucco siding and landscaped back yards kept the threat to adjacent homes to a minimum.

“Wood fences burn hot and throw embers that can get into attics,” said O’Camb. “Those embers are what we worry about, but we didn’t have any of that here.”

He also credited Serrano’s HOA for mowing 10 feet into the green belt from the residents’ fences.

Two engines came in through back yards to fight the upper end of the fire and keep ember production down, he said. Four more El Dorado Hills engines followed, along with Cal Fire’s dozer, which cut a solid fire line, and another five Cal Fire engines, just in case.

Cal Fire air tankers were on their way, but were called off as firefighters on the ground got the blaze under control.

O’Camb called the fire “a great example of the benefits of good defensible space.”

Arson investigators from Cal Fire are asking for the publics help in tracking down two arson suspects leaving the scene of the wildland fire. Two thin white male suspects aged 13 to 14 years old, with average length brown or black hair, wearing only shorts (no shirts) and carrying skateboards were seen leaving the scene of the fire.

If you have any information regarding the suspects or the fire contact Capt. Doug Ferro at (530) 647-5234.

Mike Roberts

Discussion | 2 comments

  • Eunice SpeckenheuerAugust 05, 2011 - 10:28 pm

    "He also credited Serrano’s HOA for mowing 10 feet into the green belt from the residents’ fences." That is not a true statement and I'm not sure where you received the information from. Serrano has been remiss in keeping a 10' defensible space behind these homes for the last 5 years. If my son-in-law didn't spray with weedkiller every few months, the weeds would be much higher than they were. It is interesting to me that this week (August 5th to be exact) Serrano had a crew working behind these homes creating the much needed defensible space that has not been there for years.

  • bob swingletonAugust 08, 2011 - 11:03 am

    I agree with Eunice. We live above the burned out greenbelt and the best Serrano HOA does is clear out a 5ft space next to our fence.



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