The Cambrian

Holiday week fires quickly put out

Firefighters quickly extinguished two small fires during the Independence Day holiday week in Cambria. No damage or injuries resulted from the blazes.

The most recent happened near the edge of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve about 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8. It was at the end of Victoria Way, off Warren Road, above Marine Terrace, adjacent to where firebreak clearing was done in recent years.

According to Cal Fire Capt. Jeff Downing, about a quarter acre of brush burned before firefighters put out the blaze.

Since there’s no road there, near the trailhead onto Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and there are no power lines in the area, Downing said, human activity is suspected to have triggered the fire, al-

though the cause is listed as undetermined. No evidence of fireworks use was found, he said, but there were remnants of a previous campsite.

Two Cal Fire engines and battalion chief were on the scene. A Cambria Fire Department engine and water tender arrived on the scene first. Two firefighting aircraft were dispatched and arrived in the area, but were canceled before they could participate.

The fire was contained and out quickly. Crews left the area about 5:30 p.m.

An earlier blaze was on Moonstone Beach Drive near Stafford Street at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. Firefighters report that some people had been shooting off and tossing illegal fireworks from a vacant area where a hotel used to be.

No personal fireworks of any kind are allowed on the North Coast, but these apparently were of a variety not even considered to be of the “safe and sane” variety.

Neighbors put out the blaze before firefighters could arrive. No one was arrested for the incident, but warnings were issued. — Kathe Tanner

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