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Brush Fire Behind High School Quickly Extinguished

Post Date:05/19/2017 5:25 PM

Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran, Public Information Officer - Belmont Police & Fire Departments (650) 595-7430

A brush fire in the canyon area northwest of Carlmont High School was extinguished quickly Friday afternoon.  A quick response by firefighters kept the fire contained to an approximately 60 foot by 60 foot area and there were no injuries.

On Friday, 5/19/17 at approximately 2:45PM several 9-1-1 calls were received reporting smoke coming from the wooded hillside area northwest of Carlmont High School.  Police and Fire units quickly responded to the call and located a fire in the open space above the 1100 block of Village Drive.  The fire was extinguished in approximately 10 minutes, but firefighters remained on scene for approximately an hour and a half to ensure that the fire was completely out. 

Carlmont High School enacted a shelter in place for a short time, while firefighters extinguished the fire.  No structures were endangered and there were no injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire Investigators and Belmont PD, and appears to have started in a canyon area frequently by youth. 

The Belmont Fire Department would like to remind the public that our heavy winter rains have resulted in increased vegetation on our hillsides and canyons.  As we move into the summer months that vegetation is drying out and the likelihood of fire will increase.  Please keep vegetation around your property trimmed and always be careful with fire. 

Anyone with information on this fire is asked to contact Belmont PD at (650) 595-7400 or


 Images from the fire scene


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