On Friday, September 9th, in the late morning a brush fire ignited at the Heintz Open Space Preserve in east Los Gatos (close to Belgatos Park, the Heritage Grove neighborhood and Surmont area).  Jim and I were at home, working at our computers that morning, and our first hint of the problem was the repeated flyovers by low flying airplanes and seemingly omnipresent helicopter  nearby.  It seemed like another “fire drill” of sorts – except that this time there were several planes plus the helicopter.

Turns out it was a very small fire not so far out of reach from the fire hydrant at the Heritage Grove neighborhood where the trailhead is…just a couple of sitchbacks up the trail.

Jim hiked up there yesterday and took some photos of the burned trail area, which we hope you’ll enjoy.

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Here’s a photo of the fire at the switchback.  No lightening when this broke out.  What caused it – a cigarette?

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And…

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Finally, here’s what the fire retardant looks like after the fact – orange goo all over the plants and trees which didn’t burn.

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So the next time we all gripe about the planes flying over Belwood, let’s be grateful that they practice and that the little fires don’t turn into big ones!