Wednesday Jul 11 2012
Penryn fire quickly contained
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
Firefighters quickly contained a half-acre grass fire at Traylor Ranch Reserve in Penryn that broke out today, Wednesday, July 11, at approximately 1 p.m. According to Mitch Higgins, chief of Penryn Fire Protection District, the fire was at the north section of the park that borders Del Mar Avenue at English Colony Way. He said firefighters from Penryn, Loomis, Rocklin and Cal Fire responded and the fire was contained within 10 minutes. ?Luckily, we didn?t have south winds today,? Higgins said. Initial responders originally called in air support, a bulldozer and two hand crews, but they were able to get a handle on it and called off the air support and cut it down to one hand crew. Early reports began coming in at 1:11 p.m., stating heavy brush was on the property and California Highway Patrol called it a "huge" vegetation fire on its online reporting website when they were called in for traffic control. Early reports said an acre was burning. Cal Fire hand crews are currently cleaning up, while investigators determine an origin point and cause. The area that burned was heavily covered in dry grass and brush. Old railroad ties and small tractor tires that had been covered by brush continued to burn after the initial fire was extinguished. Higgins said 9-1-1 dispatch received numerous cell phone calls reporting the fire. Traylor Ranch Bird Sanctuary and Nature Reserve is a 90-acre passive, county park with many trails and is a favorite with equestrians.