Dry grass is scorched on a Promontory hillside. The cause of last week's fire is under investigation. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

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Promontory fire burns an acre

By September 26, 2011

Sirens woke Promontory residents late Thursday night, Sept 22, as El Dorado Hills and Folsom fire engines responded to a grass fire that consumed an acre of dry grass at 4547 Carmen Drive.

]The fire worried neighbors but never threatened any structures, according to El Dorado Hills Fire Marshal Brad Ballenger, who said the fire started at the street, and worked its way slowly down the ridge. “If it were the other side of the street it would be a different story,” said Ballanger.

Neighbor Tami Welch appreciated the quick response. “This is a huge fear for us,” she said. “There a lot of dry weeds up here. No one makes us cut them anymore.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mike Roberts

Discussion | 2 comments

  • J MillerSeptember 28, 2011 - 9:30 am

    I sincerely hope that Ms. Welch was misquoted, as it sounds like she is fearful of something she and her neighbors can control! "Neighbor Tami Welch appreciated the quick response. “This is a huge fear for us,” she said. “There a lot of dry weeds up here. No one makes us cut them anymore.”"

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  • Brad BallengerOctober 04, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    In response to the statement by Tami Welch “There a lot of dry weeds up here. No one makes us cut them anymore.” There are two different programs that El Dorado Hills Fire uses to assist in public safety. The first is Public Resources Code 4291, Defensible Space. In summary, this requires improved properties (homes) to have 100’clearance of dry weeds and vegetation. The second is the Fire Departments, Unimproved Property Hazard Reduction Ordinance. This ordinance is above any State Law or Fire Code requirement. In summary, this program requires a 30’ clearance of dry weeds and vegetation away from any combustible source on unimproved lots less than five acres. Examples of a combustible source would be a home, wood fence or shed that would need the 30’ clearance. If there are no combustibles within 30’ then no clearance is required. The Fire Department spends hundreds of hours on these programs annually to provide an additional fire buffer for homes. In addition to these programs the Promontory Home Owners Association goes above and beyond by providing a 10’ weed clearance from the roadway. For additional information on Defensible Space or our Unimproved Property Hazard Reduction Ordinance, please visit our website at www.edhfire.com. Thank you, Brad Ballenger El Dorado Hills Fire Department, Fire Marshal

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