All-Out Response to Deerhorn Wildfire
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
July 19, 2010– The first warning for residents came with the wail of our yellow fire engine as it headed up Deerhorn Valley Road just before 11:00 am on Monday (7/19) morning.
Volunteer Firefighters Lars Sandvig and Derek LaFrontiere from Deerhorn Station #37 were first on the scene. They quickly established command and began fire-surpression tactics. Battalion Chief John Kremensky and other fire command personnel praised their professional response and outstanding effort.
Soon a full arsenal of equipment and manpower arrived: two Sheriff helicopters and a fire attack helicopter; two air tankers, and one air tactical to coordinate the air response; eight fire engines, two water pumpers, and the Battalion Chief unit. It was a multi-agency response from San Diego Rural Deerhorn Station #37, CalFire, US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife, as well as volunteer firefighters from Campo.
As anyone who witnessed the response to the fire can verify: it was immediate and overwhelming. The fire was contained at 5.6 acres. The property itself was vacant (the former house lost in the Harris Fire). Two fire investigators will probe the cause, which is undetermined at this point. Work had been done at the site during the last few days, but no one was there at the time the first unit responded.
The response lasted more than 6 hours, with the final mop up completed at 5:00 pm Monday afternoon. Fire fighters from the Deerhorn Station kept a close eye over the following 24 hours to make sure all hotspots remained safely out.
Every resident here is so very grateful for the rapid and massive response today. Many, many thanks to the firefighters, pilots, and tactical coordinators who kept this fire contained and under control.
- A big thanks to Chief John Kremensky for sharing these details so promptly.
PS--The remodeling work on our Fire Station moving along. Air conditioning was installed just prior to this week’s hot and humid weather, no doubt greatly appreciated by our fire fighters manning the station. It's good to have them rested and read to roll. Thanks, guys!