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Oak Fire damages home, displaces family

From page A7 | July 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

A fire in the early afternoon of July 13 damaged a home and the surrounding area on Oak Hill Road in Placerville.

A report at 12:40 p.m. from 6351 Oak Hill Road alerted local fire departments that the residence next door was on fire, Cal Fire’s Teri Mizuhara said. Someone had been mowing “person-tall weeds,” using a gas lawn mower. It’s not known whether a spark from the mower or the weeds getting tangled inside started the fire, but “it took very little to move up to the building,” Mizuhara said.

El Dorado County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Pott noted there was little-to-no defensible space for the residence.

“We recommend doing mowing and Weed Eating before 10 a.m.,” Pott said, “or even 9 a.m.” due to humidity. He also recommended using a weed trimmer rather than a lawn mower for large weeds. He said an outbuilding, a barn, was also damaged. Vehicles and associated items with the residence and barn were damaged. About 5 acres of vegetation was burned.

Despite water tenders and air drops, the residence was damaged to the point where the family was displaced, Mizuhara said. “The house was pretty much uninhabitable.” Red Cross was working with the family to find it a place to stay.

A small nearby vineyard also suffered collateral damage from the air drop, Mizuhara said, and the owner spent hours washing the flame retardant off.

The fire was contained at 1:54 p.m. El Dorado County Fire, Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Garden Valley Fire, Diamond Springs Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, the Red Cross and El Dorado County Animal Services all responded to the fire.



Discussion | 4 comments

  • Concerned about fireJuly 17, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    What is this person doing mowing in July??? Sorry for your loss but it is your own fault your house burned down. Your lucky none of your neighbors lost theirs.

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  • Don't like rudenessJuly 17, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    You don't need to be so rude! I know this family and they lost EVERYTHING in the fire: clothes, pictures, medications, even animals. The fire got out of control way too quickly for anyone to do anything about it because of a whirl of wind that just blew the flames out of control. This story didnt report everything and you should think before you speak, especially when you don't know all the details.

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  • Concerned about fireJuly 18, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Not being rude, nobody should be mowing tall weeds with a gas mower in July!! Their home would still be standing if they had common sense to have defensible space around that home before summer. There has been other fires in that area when a mower was used in the summer. Some people just don't care and will mow when they want, that is what happens when poor judgment prevails. Get a clue!

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  • Kelly GirlJuly 18, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Yes, you are being rude and thoughtless and cold hearted. Why do you feel the need to make this someone's fault? Why kick this family when they are down? Why do you think that any of the MD readers really want to read your completely unnecessary and vicious comments? Keep them to yourself for heaven’s sake. There is no need to play the blame game. Like my mother always used to say, “If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all."

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