The following is a listing of some of the local calls for service involving the Modesto Fire Department, which staffs Stations 27 and 28 in Oakdale; and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department, covering the Riverbank area.
Calls were logged during the time period of Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Monday, Nov. 2. Days not listed had no reports of significant incidents in this area.
MONDAY, NOV. 2
Brush 29, 28, Water Tender 27, Grass 27, and Battalion 5 responded to a vegetation fire on 28 Mile Road, just east of Eastman Road. Battalion 5 arrived on scene, established command, reported a 15-20 acre grass fire, moderate rate of spread, no structures threatened, with potential for growth to 100 acres. Cal Fire resources responded to the incident as well; the incident was determined to be in the SRA. Cal Fire assumed command; resources worked together to quickly contain the forward progress of the fire. Resources remained on scene for an additional two hours mopping up; total estimated acres burned, 50.5.
SUNDAY, NOV. 1
3:43 a.m. – Modesto Engine 28, 27 and Battalion 5 responded to a vehicle accident with a possible pin-in in the 500 block of South Yosemite. Crews arrived on scene with OPD and Oak Valley Ambulance. The driver fled the scene prior to our arrival. OPD investigating; no further information available at press time from the police department.
SATURDAY, OCT. 31
1:32 p.m. – Modesto Engine 27, 28 and Battalion 5 responded to an injury accident at Langworth and Highway 108. One person was transported by Oak Valley Ambulance. CHP is investigating.
FRIDAY, OCT. 30
Modesto Engine 28, Battalion 5, CHP, and Stanislaus Sheriff participated in the Valley Home Trunk or Treat.
3:30 p.m. – Modesto Water Rescue 28, Engine 27 and Battalion 5 retrieved a canoe from the Stanislaus River near the Highway 120 bridge. The canoe was not able to be accessed while crews conducted a search a few days ago. The canoe was now visible and generating a lot of 911 calls. Crews were able to bring it to shore and get it to the owner.
THURSDAY, OCT. 29
2:50 p.m. – B-29 was dispatched to a smoke check on Highway 108/120 at the Stanislaus County Line. On scene in the area B-29 met up with CAL-Fire units responding to the same area. They were able to determine with the help of Copter 404 that the fire was in the Stanislaus River Canyon off of Schell Road. This fire was in the SRA and all units switched over to CAL-Fire frequency for fire ground operations. B-28 and Battalion 5 were added to the response from Stanislaus County. The fire was contained at three acres.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
6:01 p.m. – Engine 27, Water Rescue 28, 24, and Battalion 5 responded to a water rescue incident on the Stanislaus River at the Yosemite Avenue bridge. Crews arrived to find an overturned canoe in the middle of the river channel just east of the bridge; Oakdale PD on scene indicated that there may be someone still inside the canoe. Boat 28 located the canoe, determined that there were no victims inside, then searched the river banks to ensure that there were no victims nearby; a UAV (drone) was used to assist with the search. No victims were located; all resources cleared the incident.
TUESDAY, OCT. 27
12:54 p.m. – Engine 28 responded to a medical aid on Belsera Drive in Oakdale for an elderly male who had fallen off an eight-foot ladder, landing on his back and striking his head on an asphalt surface. Engine 27 was requested to assist with setting up a landing zone for the air ambulance that was also en route to the incident. Crews provided patient care then assisted with transport to the landing zone, where the patient was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.