Vegetation fire near Tilden Park extinguished by local responders

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Emergency responders quelled a fire near Tilden Park on Sunday after the vegetation fire erupted in the Berkeley-Oakland hills early that morning.

The fire departments of Oakland, Berkeley, Moraga/Orinda, East Bay Regional Parks and Cal Fire were all dispatched about 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning near Claremont Avenue and Grizzly Peak Boulevard, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

The fire spread to about half an acre, according to Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Geoff Hunter.

While the fire was contained by 6:15 a.m., fire crews remained on site to prevent any flareups from occurring, officials said, because of concern that the fire could burrow into 18 inches worth of Eucalyptus wood chips in the surrounding area.

 

Cal Fire, which provided mutual aid to the city of Oakland, brought three engines, handcrew and a bulldozer, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mike Marcucci. The Cal Fire crew remained on site until about noon.

As of Sunday morning the cause of the fire was still unknown. California’s drought, in it’s fourth year, is known to exacerbate vegetation fires. 

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