Crews control small fire in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley >> Firefighters controlled a blaze Thursday after it burned one-quarter of an acre on Schulte Road off of Carmel Valley Road.

Crews from the Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District and Cal Fire responded at 3:17 p.m. and reported it to be 50 feet by 50 feet in size, while burning at a slow rate of spread. The fire was in a difficult area to access and energized power lines were on the ground, preventing firefighters from taking immediate action.

Three fixed-wing aircraft, one helicopter, seven fire engines, two water tenders, one bulldozer and four hand crews were dispatched, with a total of 78 firefighters responding. Spread of the fire was stopped at 5:51 p.m. and the fire was controlled at 6:55 p.m.

The cause of fire is under investigation. There were no injuries during the fire, which led to the closure of Schulte Road. There were no evacuations.

Cal Fire asks the public to not move downed power lines, explaining they are dangerous and seemingly dead power lines can reenergize without warning.

Tommy Wright can be reached at 831-726-4375.


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