On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 2:15 p.m., the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department(LPFD) responded with the assistance of CalFire to the report of a vegetation fire in the area Hearst Drive X Remilard Court in Pleasanton. Upon LPFD arrival, an approximately 1 acre grass fire was found on a steep oak tree covered hillside. Fortunately, the fire had not traveled into the trees. Firefighters deployed initial hose lines between the fire and the adjacent residences before advancing to the rest of the active fire for extinguishment. While the fire got close to homes, the residents in the area had created defensible spaces preventing fire from spreading to the residences, though some fencing was damaged by the fire.
Six Fire Engines from the LPFD and Cal Fire responded to this incident. Initial estimates are that 2 acres burned. No structures were lost. Multiple homes were threatened. No injuries were reported to the LPFD. The cause of this fire is unknown, but deemed suspicious. A joint investigation with the Pleasanton Police Department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is underway. Firefighters remain on scene extinguishing hot spots and will do so into the evening.
Conditions this afternoon were hot and dry. Combined with the steep slope that this fire traveled up, it could have been far worse had homeowners in the area not taken the precaution of creating defensible space between the wild land vegetation and their homes.