Rapid Response Quenches Wildfire Outside Jasper Ridge Boundary
Thanks to quick action by JRBP staff and the fire crews from Woodside, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and CAL FIRE, what could have been a major wildfire just across the border of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve was quickly brought under control on a windy Monday morning. The fire broke out just across the northeastern boundary of the preserve due to as yet undetermined causes, and was noticed by a JRBP staff member monitoring wildlife a half-km distant and who immediately notified emergency response crews.
As engine crews arrived, flames were visible heading towards Jasper Ridge, but before they reached the preserve were brought under control by the fire fighters. It was fortunate that the wind was blowing away from the preserve and the outside temperature was relatively cool, that the fire was reported so quickly, and that the firefighters arrived in force and rapidly. This near-miss highlights the dangerous fire conditions that characterize our area, and the need for following fire-safe practices particularly as the 4th of July holiday approaches.