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Homes saved from vegetation fire near Lockwood

July 23, 2010 1:31:51 PM PDT
Firefighters in Monterey County successfully extinguished a vegetation fire that threatened several structures near the community of Lockwood Thursday afternoon.

The fire broke out on Bradley-Lockwood Road near Jolon Road just after 3 p.m., according to Cal Fire's San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Eighty-four firefighters from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Fort Hunter Liggett Fire Department and South Monterey County Fire Protection District responded to the fire, which threatened more than 14 homes and structures.

Fire officials say good defensible space around the structures and extra staffing on fire engines helped prevent further destruction.

The blaze was declared contained at about 3:40 p.m. and burned a total of 13 acres, according to Cal Fire. No homes were destroyed.

The cause of the fire appears to have been roadside mowing, according to fire officials, who are reminding residents to finish mowing work before 10 a.m. during fire season.

Fire officials were also reminding residents in fire-prone areas to practice exit drills at home.


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