Bush fire damages RV, boat in Sunol

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ByLisa Amin Gulezian KGO logo
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Bush fire damages RV, boat in Sunol
In Sunol a brush fire, started by someone mowing two-foot-tall dry grass, destroyed an RV and a ski boat.

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Firefighters will be ready on Sunday as the high heat pushes the fire danger to the extreme. The East Bay saw at least two brush fires on Saturday.

In Sunol a fire destroyed an RV and a ski boat that was large enough to hold 14 people.

Witnesses say someone was mowing very tall grass on a one acre plot, when the fire suddenly started.

There was a lot of smoke and the wind was blowing, which caused the fire to move towards the boat and RV, as well as people's homes.

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire and CAL FIRE rushed to the scene. They not only were fighting the fire, but were staged around homes to protect them.

Those who live out in Sunol are very frustrated by what has happened.

"I think it was a riding mower, which that's what was crazy. It's 95 degrees in the middle of the day, mowing two-foot-tall grass. You should have better sense," witness Carl Burns said.

"We pulled his boat out, we got it out of there. We were afraid it could have caught his house on fire, but the fire department got right on putting out whatever they could. And I maintain my field," said fire victim Kevin Maas.

This is a good reminder to maintain defensible space around your home.

This weekend's weather promises to bring high temperatures, which makes for a very dangerous combination.

Witnesses say the man who was mowing the field was questioned by authorities and taken away in handcuffs. ABC7 News has learned that the man was cited for causing the fire and then was released.