Firefighter checks ground. Photo Chris Mora.
Firefighter checks ground. Photo Chris Mora.

Around 4:30 p.m. on June 13 the Hollister Fire Department received notification of a fire on Line Street in Hollister. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a 1-1.3-acre fire at an empty lot on Glenmore Drive and A Street. 

Firefighter inspects ground. Photo by Chris Mora

According to Battalion Chief Charlie Bedolla the fire took less than 30 minutes to extinguish but could have been a lot worse if the area had not recently been disced. He said, “The wind was picking up so the fire could have been worse.” He added that if the vegetation had been tall the fire could have moved to nearby structures such as houses and a school.

Hollister Fire Department reminds residents of their responsibility to maintain their property and reduce fire risk. The San Benito County website hosts information on fire safety.

The fire district page reminds readers:

  •  Every year, fires threaten homes and properties.
  •  Build up of unnecessary combustible debris and vegetation.
  •  Property owner’s responsibility to eliminate these fire hazards.
  •  Their property may endanger their neighbors and the community at large.
  •  Every property owner, regardless of type – including residential, commercial, and parcels of land — is ultimately responsible for managing their vegetation to meet Fire Department requirements.

For more information on weed abatement, go here.