Heintz Open Space Preserve in East Los Gatos has small brush fire

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!

View of Belwood of Los Gatos Neighborhood from Harwood Court in Los Gatos

A couple of days ago I was visiting a beautiful home for sale on Harwood Court during the Realtor tour or “broker’s open house”.  We have hiked the trail from Belgatos Park up to the Santa Rosa Open Space Preserve, which goes just past this house, and I’d always been curious about it.  Also, we live not too far below that area in Belwood, so it’s fun to see the neighborhood view from way up top.  I took a photograph off one of the back balconies (the view was stunning) and thought my Belwood & Belgatos neighbors might enjoy seeing it too.

Can you make out any landmarks?

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Near the top, just left of center, you can see a whitish splotch – those are the buildings in the Wallgreen’s Shopping Center.  A little to the right of them and a little closer to where the pic was taken you might be able to distinguish some tall vertical green lines.  Those are some Italian Cypress trees growing across the back and side yards of a home on Jamie Court, just off Harwood Road.

And here’s a view over the top of Belwood, downtown San Jose, the east foothills and into the rest of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately it was a little hazy/smoggy that day – but lovely nonetheless!
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Of course, you don’t have to see an open house to enjoy a similar view. Go hiking in Belgatos Park or through the trails at the Heintz Open Space Preserve (or cheat and just drive to the top of Harwood Road or Harwood Court!) and take in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley.