Monterey, CA – At 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, CAL FIRE and Hollister Fire Department received a call for a vegetation fire near the end of Grass Valley Road, southwest of Hollister (San Benito County). CAL FIRE and Hollister Fire Department responded with 9 fire engines, 4 water tenders, 2 bulldozers, 1 helicopter, 1 air tactical platform, and 2 air tankers, for a total of approximately 50 firefighters.
Upon arrival, the fire was approximately 2-3 acres in size, with multiple farm buildings involved. The light, flashy fuels and wind fanned the fire to 5 acres, and 5 buildings on fire. Firefighters protected neighboring structures and stopped the progress of the fire, containing it to 17 acres in size. In total, 5 buildings were damaged or destroyed by the fire.
There were no injuries as a result of this fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. This is an important reminder that California remains in peak fire season. Despite the relatively slower start to peak season, it is essential for the public to maintain a minimum of 100 feet defensible space around their structures, as well as having and practicing exit drills in the home. For more ways to prepare and prevent wildfires visit
www.ReadyForWildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov.
Who: CAL FIRE, Hollister Fire Department
What: Vegetation Fire
When: September 1, 2019, 3:05 p.m.; 100% contained at 4:23 p.m.
Where: Grass Valley Rd X Cienega Rd, Hollister (San Benito County)