Fires blaze rain or shine
Kenwood volunteer fire fighters battle a fire at Graywood Ranch on June 20.Photo by Jerry Bagger.
Two substantial fires burned in the Kenwood area in the last two weeks, starting with a grass fire at Graywood Ranch, across from Lawndale Road, on the afternoon of June 20. The fire was started by a lawnmower and quickly spread, thanks to gusty winds on a sunny day that presaged the strange weather patterns the area has been experiencing.
Crew and engines from Kenwood, Glen Ellen and the CalFire Unit on Sonoma Hwy. had the two-acre fire under control very quickly. One of the new CalFire fire-fighting airplanes circled the area for a while, but was not used for fire suppression.
Another fire on the unusually rainy night of June 24 and 25 destroyed a secondary unit in the 9000 block of Tonlee Road, just behind Kenwood Elementary School. The entire Kenwood Fire complement turned out – about 20 firefighters – along with one truck from Glen Ellen, one from Santa Rosa and two CalFire engines.
The fire was called in about 8:30 p.m. and was under control by 10 p.m.
According to Kenwood Fire Captain Daren Bellach, the guest cottage is a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
There were no injuries reported for either fire.