Rail Trestle, Grass South Of Dumbarton Bridge Burns – SFGate

Rail Trestle, Grass South Of Dumbarton Bridge Burns - SFGate
Rail Trestle, Grass South Of Dumbarton Bridge Burns
FREMONT — Firefighters with Fremont and Alameda County fire departments brought a train trestle fire south of the Dumbarton Bridge under control, authorities said Sunday.

At 5:12 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a vegetation fire in marshes and grasslands off Marshlands Road near Willow Road, before arriving at an old train trestle west of the city, Fremont Fire battalion chief Kyle Adams said.

Difficult terrain and access complicated some resources’ access to the fire, which spread to the old tracks and support structures nearby and sent large smoke plumes visible for miles above Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

The fire was reported about 5:12 p.m., and burned about three-quarters of an acre near Dumbarton Point, said Battalion Chief Kyle Adams. The fire then spread to the trestle, and as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, about 100 yards of the old wooden structure was burning, including a stretch west into San Francisco Bay, Adams said.

@FremontFire working a vegetation and trestle fire south of Dumbarton Bridge. Forward spread contained now working on trestle. pic.twitter.com/4rbpF0SIy7

About 21 firefighters are working the incident, which was brought mostly under control by about 6:30 p.m., with a fire department boat sent to the area to finish extinguishing the train trestle, Adams said.

Fremont fire crews responded to a brush fire Sunday in the bay marshlands that spread to an old train trestle near the Dumbarton Bridge.

The fire singed about a half-acre to three-quarters of an acre, and there were no reports of injuries and no immediately apparent cause, Adams said.

Vegetation fire out near the old train trestle in the slough/Bay west of Fremont. Fire crews have been on this for a bit, but access is difficult for some of the rigs given the location. pic.twitter.com/kLE0CFHQRu

The fire burned about three-quarters of an acre near Dumbarton Point, then spread to the trestle, officials said.

The fire burned about three-quarters of an acre near Dumbarton Point, then spread to the trestle, officials said.

The fire burned about three-quarters of an acre near Dumbarton Point, then spread to the trestle, officials said.

The fire burned about three-quarters of an acre near Dumbarton Point, then spread to the trestle, officials said.

An out-of-service wooden railroad trestle just south of the Dumbarton Bridge west of Fremont was burning Sunday night, and appears related to a vegetation fire reported in the area at about the same time late Sunday afternoon, a Fremont Fire Department battalion chief said. The fire was reported about 5:12 p.m., and burned about three-quarters of an acre near Dumbarton Point, said Battalion Chief Kyle Adams. The fire then spread to the trestle, and as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, about 100 yards of the old wooden structure was burning, including a stretch west into San Francisco Bay, Adams said. Both the trestle and the grasslands proved hard to reach, Adams said, taking firefighters almost 30 minutes to reach it. Firefighters needed to use four-wheel-drive rigs to reach the fire. Thick plumes of black smoke were rising from the trestle Sunday night. Twenty-one Fremont firefighters, plus a crew from the Alameda County Fire Department, were fighting the fire.

@FremontFire working a vegetation and trestle fire south of Dumbarton Bridge. Forward spread contained now working on trestle. pic.twitter.com/4rbpF0SIy7

Adams said the cause hasnt been determined, but that it was likely human-caused. The old rail bridge, which connects Newark and East Palo Alto/Menlo Park, hasnt seen trains for decades. But Facebook, whose main campus is near that rail line in Menlo Park, is negotiating with the San Mateo County Transit District to improve the Dumbarton corridor, including reviving the rail bridge, for operation by a commuter rail agency.


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