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December 11. 2019

Grass fire injures 3 firefighters near Greenfield

GREENFIELD — A 37-acre vegetation fire near Greenfield injured three firefighters who were battling the blaze Sunday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said.

The fire broke out just before 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 near the intersection of Thorne and Los Coches roads west of Greenfield and was already 2 to 3 acres in size when Cal Fire and local fire agencies arrived on scene.

During the firefight, three Cal Fire employees suffered minor burns and were airlifted to nearby medical centers for treatment. All three have been released, officials said.

“Firefighters from all over the south Monterey County (including Greenfield) worked their tails off on this fire and did a fantastic job,” wrote Greenfield Fire Department on its Facebook page later that day. “We also want to thank AMR, Mercy Flight, and Cal Star air medical services for taking care of the firefighters.”

Crews also battled a 66-acre vegetation fire at Jolon and New Pleyto roads near Lockwood Sunday afternoon.

Three structures were threatened in the 70000 block of Jolon Road and evacuations were ordered, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries, however, were reported in that incident.

The cause of Sunday’s fires is under investigation.

“Thankfully, none of the injuries was serious,” Cal Fire said in a news release. “Nevertheless, this is an important reminder that fire season is year-round in California.”

Despite the relatively slower start to peak season, officials said, the public should maintain at least 100 feet of defensible space around structures and practice exit drills in the home. Visit ReadyForWildfire.org or fire.ca.gov for ways to prepare and prevent wildfires.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for the Salinas Valley newspapers King City Rustler, Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers education, government and general news for the cities of King City and Greenfield and occasionally for the surrounding communities in south Monterey County.

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