At sunset last night, a small brush fire singed the eastern tip of Bernal Hill.
It was the second blaze on the hill in as many months, following a small brush fire in the same general area that broke out last July 4, just after the annual fireworks show.
Bernalwood Contributor Joe Thomas lives near last night’s fire zone, and he swung into action when he saw the flames, transforming himself into a one-man Bernalwood Action News satellite truck.
In addition to taking the photos you see above, Joe also filed this report:
I started smelling smoke around 7:30 and went outside to see what was burning (hopefully not anybody’s house). A neighbor heading the other way said the hill was on fire, and sure enough, it was. The fire was next to the patch that burned on July 4th, and extended to the south and uphill. As I arrived, a city vehicle went by, followed quickly by two fire engines. I overheard a neighbor (who was holding a small fire extinguisher) say to one of the firemen “We did what we could with this little fire extinguisher.”
The SFFD quickly extinguished the flames, leaving a newly charred patch of hill for the rest of us as an unfortunate souvenir.
Of course, what’s an Action (action… action…) News (news… news…) team without some dramatic video? Joe got that too (even without the fancy satellite truck):
PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Joe Thomas. GRAPHIC: Bernal via Google Earth