Fire at Arastradero Preserve being investigated

Santa Clara County Arson Task Force called in

A grass fire that burned two acres at Pearson Arastradero Preserve on Thursday (July 28) afternoon is being investigated by the Santa Clara County Arson Task Force, Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard confirmed on Friday.

The blaze was spotted by a passerby at about 2:40 p.m. in an area near Interstate Highway 280 and Arastradero Road and took about 30 minutes to extinguish.

The arson task force is "looking at the fire to make sure it was not arson," Woodard said, as no cause has been determined.

Woodard said residents should clear brushy areas by 30 to 100 feet and around their residences by at least 100 feet, which is recommended to keep a fire from reaching a home.

"Be aware of anybody out there. This is the time of year when people who set fires are active," he said.

Sue Dremann


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Posted by ban smoking
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

Most of these wild fires are caused by careless smokers. Now is the time to ban smoking for good.

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Posted by Steve C
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

The smoke-nazis at work again. Now all smokers are arsons? Get a life, Ban. Lets have a prohibition on everything you don't like, then we can just imprison them all. Oh wait, I forgot, we're having problems with that approach already. Guess we'll just have to put them all to death. That's what you really want, isn't it, Ban?

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Posted by Mark
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Yikes...maybe the new Stanford hospital money the city is getting could be used for camera surveillance with fire detection in these wildland areas, which was suggested in the recently commissioned consultant report.

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Posted by ban smoking
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

Looks like there already is a surveillance camera of this area (see the photo). But there are not enough cameras to catch people throwing cigarette ashes out of their car windows (and there likely never will be).

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