Fire threatens La Jolla hillside

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

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.

"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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