Fire threatens La Jolla hillside

Folsom Drive resident Richard Wells sent this photo of a fire that threatened homes on his street on Saturday night.

A fire on a hillside on Folsom Drive in La Jolla threatened homes Saturday night before firefighters and helicopter water drops stopped it from spreading.

The fire started about 8 p.m. behind the homes in the 6000 block of Folsom Drive. Firefighters and air crews were able to stop it before homes were damaged.

Further details were not immediately available.

On Sunday morning, Folsom Street resident Richard Wells told the Light in an e-mail that the fire started just before sunset. The fact that winds were calm may have “saved the houses,” he wrote.

On July 3, a burned area is visible on the hill where firefighters contained a fire the evening before. Photo: Richard Wells

“The fire squad set up down below on Folsom and ran lines up the hill through a vacant lot to the north … The water came from the fire truck not a hydrant,” he wrote.

The fire department helicopter joined the battle and “scored a direct hit pouring water into the center of the fire. The helicopter returned and hit it again for good measure ten minutes or so later,” he added.

Wells said neighbors told him they believe the fire may have started from fireworks, perhaps sparklers, being used at a party at a house above Folsom that had started Saturday afternoon.

High temperatures were expected to continue into Monday, along with red flag warnings inland. Coastal temperatures will repeat Saturday’s highs after morning coastal fog.

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Posted by Kathy Day on Jul 2, 2011. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Fire threatens La Jolla hillside”

  1. Local resident

    There was a big party and loud music that had gone on for hours in a house just above the fire. The music could be heard all the way down Lower Hermosa. The moment we saw smoke the music stopped. People in the neighborhood wondered it was from cigarettes or fireworks.

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