Sentinel staff report– Firefighters on Thursday responded to reports of a fire in the nature preserve area behind Costco, with the fire quickly being extinguished after it was located next to an elevated pedestrian walkway.
Battalion Chief Chris Reed told The Sentinel the fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. on July 23 and burned a small area of previously cleared grass, about 200 square feet in size. He credited the clearing with helping prevent the fire from spreading more rapidly and said whoever was maintaining the area was doing a “good job.”
A fire hydrant located less than 30 feet from where the fire started also helped. Firefighters did not even have to hook up a hose to spray down the area, due to the close proximity of the hydrant.
Reed said the fire likely was started by a cigarette thrown from the walkway, or possibly from fireworks.
The Stock Ranch Nature Preserve is a 47-acre preserve located between Costco and Van Maren Park, with miles of walking paths. The area has been the site of several fires in the past, including a rash of arson fires in 2016.