Levee burns near San Joaquin River Club
by Glenn Moore
Jul 25, 2013 | 2596 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Smoke rises from a fire burning along the banks of the San Joaquin River near Kasson Road on Wednesday, July 24.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Smoke rises from a fire burning along the banks of the San Joaquin River near Kasson Road on Wednesday, July 24. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A Tracy Fire Department engine is stationed on the bank of the San Joaquin River as crews work to put out a fire on the levee near Kasson Road on Wednesday, July 24.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A Tracy Fire Department engine is stationed on the bank of the San Joaquin River as crews work to put out a fire on the levee near Kasson Road on Wednesday, July 24. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A fire burned along the banks of the San Joaquin River through thick grass and brush next to the San Joaquin River Club on Wednesday, July 24.

Tracy Fire Division Chief Dave Bramell said the initial call at 8:40 a.m. was for smoke in the area of the River Club, 30000 S. Kasson Road.

Crews found the fire burning along the river’s bank in a tangle of thick brush, grasses and scrub oaks.

Tracy Fire sent three engines and the department’s four-wheel-drive squad truck and was joined by engines from the Manteca-Lathrop and the Defense Logistics Agency fire departments.

A bulldozer from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was sent to help cut a fire break line through the thick vegetation.

The fire burned more than 10 acres, and its location made it harder for fire crews to reach the flames.

“The challenge was it was not very accessible to get to,” Bramell said. “The fire was very difficult and cumbersome to attack.”

The soft, sandy ground of the river bank also bogged down a few of the engines, he said.

Crews eventually had to lay nearly 1,000 feet of progressive hose line — sections of hose clamped together — to reach the flames.

As of 5 p.m., fire crews were still putting out smoldering sections of the levee.

Bramell expected the fire crews to spend about nine hours at the fire.

No one was injured and no buildings at the San Joaquin River Club were damaged by the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown, Bramell said.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

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