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The Alpine Fire Was Contained In A Day. How?

Flames from the West Fire burn brush near Alpine, CA, July 6, 2018.

Photo by Matt Hoffman

Above: Flames from the West Fire burn brush near Alpine, CA, July 6, 2018.

The Alpine Fire Was Contained In A Day. How?


Issac Sanchez, fire captain/public information officer


The West Fire in Alpine broke out around 11:15 a.m. on Friday, July 6 in a grassy area off I-8 at West Willows Road. It eventually consumed 504 acres and 56 structures, including 32 homes.

Firefighters had the blaze nearly fully contained by Saturday evening. Given Alpine's brushy and hilly terrain and the 100-plus degree heat, this seems like a remarkable achievement.

RELATED: 57 Buildings Destroyed In Alpine Fire

Issac Sanchez, fire captain and public information officer for Cal Fire, notes that many factors are considered when attacking a brush fire: population, terrain, temperature, winds and humidity among them. But the order of concern is always the same: people, structures and environment.

Sanchez talks about the art of firefighting in a dry and volatile environment on KPBS Midday Edition.


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