Craig Ranch fire sparked by lawn mower

An aerial view of the main Craig Ranch house in center of photo (and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in the upper left of photo) that shows where a 17-acre fire burned on Monday, July 1.

When motorized equipment is used during fire season in or near the wildland interface, there are strict state guidelines requiring spark arrestors.

Monday’s fire (July 1) that started near a cluster of houses on Salt Creek Drive was apparently sparked by a lawn mower. The blaze, located between Bureau of Land Management land on the south and Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center on the north, was contained after it burned 17 acres.

Several factors, including the two ponds adjacent to where the fire started and the rapid multi-agency response, kept the fire from jumping Salt Creek Road and spreading upslope on BLM land to Case Mountain. Case Mountain is the only BLM-administered area that contains groves of giant sequoias and is considered an area of critical environmental concern.a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a aa a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a aa a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a

Aerial extent of the 17-acre blaze. (Drone photos by Ethan Paggi, SkyHigh Innovations)

3 thoughts on “Craig Ranch fire sparked by lawn mower

  • July 5, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    Those ponds were built by my late husband, John Britten, Sr. in the mid-40’s-50’s. He was the owner of this ranch before selling it to Leon & Ollie Craig. The ponds have been used many times for fire suppression. Thank you, John!

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    • July 5, 2019 at 11:45 am
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      Good for you, Sophie, pointing out wonderful, positive information about our unique and caring historic community families!

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    • July 5, 2019 at 12:10 pm
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      Yes…Thank You John for the foresight and your legacy that impacts our community even today!

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