Fire on Mt. San Bruno

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A helicopter dumps water on a brush fire on Mount San Bruno, just south of Brisbane, Calif., as traffic continues passing on Hwy. U.S. 101 today, 20 May 2008

A brush file driven by gusty winds burned several acres on the eastern shoulder of Mt. San Bruno, between Brisbane and South San Francisco. When I came down the freeway from San Francisco about 11:30 a.m. I could see thick brown smoke boiling from the mountainside, which is covered in dry grass and brush with small oak trees. The flames were about a hundred yards away from the southern-most house in Brisbane, a two-story house that overlooks US 101.

3:15 pm — From what I can see of the southern part of the burned area, the fire has been contained. About 30 firefighters are on the mountainside mopping up. The afternoon fog is coming in over the ridge and the winds are blowing harder than ever. Good thing they finished those water drops before the fog came in.

1:30 pm — Firefighters have extinguished the flames on the southern edge of the fire and the crew that did the job got into a helicopter and flew off. Meanwhile firefighters have dragged hose up the side of the mountain from Old Bayshore Rd. and are working on the edge of the fire closest to the road.

1:00 pm — Helicopters have begun dropping water on the flames. A helicopter with a water basket, as well as at least one plane dropping fire retardant, were over the southern end of the fire, which I can see clearly from my office window across the freeway. A team of seven yellow-jacketed firefighters is now on the southern edge of the fire, extinguishing flames as they make their way down to Old Bayshore Rd.

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Other coverage:
- KTVU, with video
- SF Chronicle

2 Comments so far

  1. timmmii on May 20th, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

    I work very near where the fire was earlier today and i can tell you people here are wondering why it took so long between when the fire dept was called and when they finally responded. we watched the fire burn quickly up the hill before anything was done and it was obvious it was something that had to be contained quickly. Brisbane fire dept. dropped the ball and is lucky it didn’t spread further.


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