Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Issue 10, Volume 13.
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Firefighters are mopping up at the scene of a vegetation fire near Vuelte Grande Road in De Luz, which broke out around 1:30 p.m. Monday. No structures were immediately threatened and full containment is expected Tuesday morning.

The fire began when a permitted agricultural burn got out of control and ignited the hillside south of Avocado Mesa, according to a Riverside County Fire press release.

The fire was 50 percent contained as of 8:30 Monday night, and had burned approximately 77 acres.

Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz - Paul Gallaher photo. - Firefighter Eric Chatham measures wind speed while keeping an eye on the Grande Fire in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009.
Firefighter Eric Chatham measures wind speed while keeping an eye on the Grande Fire in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009.

Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz - Paul Gallaher photo. - A firefighting helicopter makes a drop along a ridge leading to Avocado Mesa Road in De Luz while battling the Grande Fire Monday, March 2, 2009.
A firefighting helicopter makes a drop along a ridge leading to Avocado Mesa Road in De Luz while battling the Grande Fire Monday, March 2, 2009.

Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz - Paul Gallaher photo. - Riverside County firefighters keep an eye on the Grande Fire from Ed Strong's property in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009.
Riverside County firefighters keep an eye on the Grande Fire from Ed Strong's property in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009.

Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz - Paul Gallaher photo. - Inmate firefighters hike along a dirt trail on their way to fighting the Grande Fire in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009. Officials say the fire began around 1:30 p.m. when a permitted agricultural burn got out of control.
Inmate firefighters hike along a dirt trail on their way to fighting the Grande Fire in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009. Officials say the fire began around 1:30 p.m. when a permitted agricultural burn got out of control.

Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz - Paul Gallaher photo. - A firefighting helicopter from San Diego prepares to drop its load on the Grande Fire in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009.
A firefighting helicopter from San Diego prepares to drop its load on the Grande Fire in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009.

Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz - Paul Gallaher photo. - A man, identified by a neighbor as the owner of the property where the Grande Fire originated, makes a call while watching the flames with fire crews in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009. Officials say the fire began when a permitted agricultural burn got out of control.
A man, identified by a neighbor as the owner of the property where the Grande Fire originated, makes a call while watching the flames with fire crews in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009. Officials say the fire began when a permitted agricultural burn got out of control.


 

6 comments

Comment Profile Imagealta vista resident
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Mar 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm
We have a nieghnbor who does "controlled" burns all the time in his backyard. At least we feel somewhat safe in the fact that he is a firefighter, but we sure get sick of the damn smell. Nothing like trying to enjoy your backyard on the weekend and having to deal with his smoke...ever hear of recycling??? Sick of people thinking because they have a permit that it gives them leeway.
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Comment #2 | Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm
The two of you need to go to campquityourbitchen!
Comment Profile ImageLongtime Fallbrook Local.
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm
Why do we still allow burn permits. The Gavilan fire started with a burn permit. How about Chippers? Better for the environment and safer.
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Comment #4 | Friday, Mar 6, 2009 at 9:58 am
I was not comfortable seeing the smoke from hwy. 395/76 too close for my comfort zone.
next time use goats,chippers, there are other ways please. I hate to evactuate w/ spouse under chemo and other elements.
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Comment #5 | Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm
When are they going to learn? Yore absolutly right #4. My grandpa used to burn his trash 40 years ago!! Now we have better safer options!
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Comment #6 | Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:36 am
If you want to burn your stuff and county fire will allow, so be it. Property owners who still insist on burning should be liable for ALL cost relating to "controlled burn" getting out of control: cost of firefighting, property loss, loss of life....etc. seems fair to me..
Assumption of liability should be signed w/permit application.

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