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Fire Calls 7-29-20
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Crews tend to an injured motorcycle rider with the air ambulance landing near the Stanislaus-San Joaquin County line along Highway 4 on Sunday afternoon, July 26. Modesto Fire Department Photo

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, July 21 through Monday, July 27.



8:56 a.m. – Modesto and Stanislaus units responded to reports of a potential structure fire at the Union 76 Gas Station on F Street in Oakdale. Crews found light smoke inside the building and upgraded the response to a working commercial structure fire. A faulty piece of machinery was found to be the source of the smoke. No extension beyond the cooler display. The machine was isolated and smoke was removed. The balance of the response was cancelled.

6:12 p.m. – Crews from Modesto Fire Department, Ceres Fire Department, and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District responded to the fields south of Mariposa Road east of the Mitchell Bridge. Crews arrived on scene to find a quarter acre of grass and other vegetation on fire. The fire was contained at one acre. The fire cause is under investigation.



12:06 p.m. – Modesto Engine 27, Water Rescue 28, Engine 30 and Battalion 5 responded for reports of an injured hiker along the Stanislaus River east of the Covered Bridge in Knights Ferry. Crews hiked in the steep terrain for approximately one mile to find the patient at the water’s edge on a rock outcropping. Cal Fire was requested to assist with the extraction due to the location of the patient. Cal Fire Helicopter 404 responded, contacted MFD crews, and inserted a rescuer via hoist. Patient was hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Army Corp Facility where Engine 27 had secured a landing zone. Patient was then transferred to Oak Valley Ambulance for ground transport to the hospital.

3:53 p.m. – Modesto Engine 27, Engine 30 and Battalion 5 responded for reports of a motorcycle accident on Highway 4 east of Milton Road. Farmington Fire was also enroute as reports indicated it possibly being closer to the county line. Crews arrived on scene and assessed and prepared the patient for transport. Patient was flown by Cal Star 12 to a local hospital. CHP investigating.



12:06 a.m. – Grass 30, Grass/Water Tender 27, Brush 28, BC5 and Cal Fire TCU responded to a reported vegetation fire near the boat ramp at Woodward Reservoir. Grass 30 located the fire off 26-Mile Road burning near a canal bank. The fire was quickly contained and crews remained on scene completing mop-up.



12:47 a.m. – Modesto Engine 28 responded with Oakdale Police Department and Oak Valley Ambulance for reports of an injury accident at West J Street and Church Avenue. One vehicle ran into two parked cars. Crews arrived on scene and found to be non-injury. OPD investigating.

10:12 p.m. – Modesto, Ceres, and Stanislaus Fire units responded to a vegetation fire on Zeff Road; crews attacked a fast spreading fire in heavy vegetation along the Tuolumne River. The fire was contained to approximately two acres; however, due to access issues and the amount of heavy vegetation, crews spent the next two three hours mopping up.



No time listed – Modesto Engine 9 participated in a familiarization training at the Kiva Energy facility in Riverbank with Stanislaus Consolidated Engine 26, Quint 22, and Battalion 2.

11:26 a.m. – Modesto Engines 28, 29, and Battalion 5 responded to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 4 and Milton Road. Initial reports indicated that two vehicles collided with a power pole damaged. Crews arrived to find two vehicles involved, but no injuries; a power pole was sheared off with power lines down on the ground. A rapidly spreading vegetation fire resulted from the downed power lines. Cal Fire was requested to respond to assist with the vegetation fire. Crews were able to contain the spread of the fire to approximately 35 acres through a coordinated air and ground fire attack effort. No structures were damaged. CHP was on scene addressing the vehicle accident; PG&E was on scene to de-energize the downed power lines.



8:14 p.m. – Modesto and Stanislaus units responded to reports of a commercial working structure fire on West F Street and Ash Avenue in Oakdale. Oak Valley Ambulance crews were near their quarters and witnessed a subject start a fire close to a building. They were able to extinguish the small fire prior to our arrival. Crews checked and found no extension into the building. FIU and OPD investigating.