Grass Fire Knocked Down In Orinda

A smoky fire in rough terrain brought out the CalFire air power Monday... but firefighters had it quickly under control.

Firefighters battled a two-acre brush fire near Valley View Drive in Orinda Monday, and called for air support from CalFire when the smoky blaze proved too tough to get at from the ground.

Hand crews from the Contra Costa County and Moraga-Orinda fire protection districts turned out to fight the fire while helicopters carrying water and fire retardant buzzed in with air drops.

The Fire was reported at 3:36 p.m. and was declared under control within about an hour and out within two. An exact cause was still being determined though the proximity of nearby power lines was not missed.

Mop-op operations continued through early evening to make sure no hot spots flared up later. Late word from MOFD reported that one of their firefighters suffered a minor injury fighting the blaze. The nature of that injury was not given.

PH00 September 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM
'Shades of the Firestorm, when a transformer blew-out and set this same ridge ablaze, sending flames racing down the hillside. we had photo albums, Rx, some clothes and the cats ready to go. watching prisoners being dropped-off to shovel and having a fire truck parked in the driveway overnight was as reassuring as it gets, and our home wasnt evacuated. this afternoon [4:54PM], everyone within earshot of the helicopters and sirens have walked to the end of the road in front of our address to keep an eye on things. the responders are real pros, and that suppressant is coming hard and fast. oh, how i do not care for low-flying choppers, tho'!
Brian Kay September 11, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I snapped a couple of iPhone photo of the choppers dropping water, if anyone's interested. Pretty amazing and speedy response!
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Hey, Brian... cool. Remember, you can upload images directly to our story. Just go to the image section and click on UPLOAD PHOTOS AND VIDEOS and it will walk you through...
Jewelz Tucker September 11, 2012 at 02:27 AM
The fire was in our Lost Valley neighborhood. So glad the fire department was so responsive. It was about a block from my house. I packed a small bag in case I had to evacuate my kids. Very grateful for the wonderful neighbors in the Lost Valley neighborhood.
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) September 11, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Fire protection services should be privatized. City and county governments need to exit the firefighting market.
Eileen September 11, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Linden Frank September 11, 2012 at 01:39 PM
This is the same fire department that harrased my dear friend John D'Angelo who lives at 19 Lost Valley while tending to a "controlled fire". The fire department never did clean up their mess they made even after requests to the fire chief to do so. Your fire department and police departments in Orinda and Moraga are some of the most uncooperative and heavy handed I've ever encountered. Thinking little controlled fires are gonna set the valley ablaze. Talk about paranoia. A former resident...
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) September 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It's only nonsense if you want to keep a system that's unfair to firefighters and taxpayers.
Kathy Petersen September 11, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I want to thank the Orinda and CalFire Departments for their prompt response in taking care of the fire in the Lost Valley Area yesterday. I live at 17 Lost Valley Drive and this idiot Linden Frank, who was only a border, burnt garbage in the back yard and stunk up the whole Valley last year. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Thank you again Orinda and CalFire and Police Departments for a job well done.


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