Brush fire hits the Dish area

A fire erupted in the hills between Junipero Serra Boulevard and The Dish this afternoon (May 1). Palo Alto Fire Department photo.

Daily Post Staff Writer

A CalFire helicopter and Palo Alto firefighters put out a brush fire that scorched five acres on the hillside east of Stanford’s Dish this afternoon (May 1).

Smoke from the fire could be seen from El Camino Real.

Fire Chief Geo Blackshire said the call for the fire came in at 2:42 p.m. He said it took about two hours to fully knock the fire out.

He said it was difficult to get to the fire because it wasn’t near any roads. Firefighters used four-wheel drive vehicles to get to the fire.

Palo Alto was assisted by Cal Fire, which sent a helicopter that made several trips to drop water on the blaze.

Palo Alto Firefighters prepare to fight the brush fire as smoke rises to the east of them. Palo Alto Fire Department photo.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Backshire said the fire didn’t spread that fast because the plants it was burning aren’t that dry yet.

No one was evacuated because of the fire.

Blackshire said the department was monitoring whether an evacuation would be needed, but the fire was far enough from any homes that it wasn’t warranted.

Blackshire said Palo Alto is fortunate to have skilled firefighters. He said the mutual aid from Cal Fire was also helpful.

The weather cam at Stanford Stadium offered this view of the Dish fire.



    • A fire does not start by itself. It had to be a human who started it with a cigarette butt. there were no roads, no trees, no power lines just in the middle of the bushes. Probably started by somebody who was smoking because it seems fishy the dish had been closed for a while and out of no where we have a brush fire that had to have been caused by a human. Had it reached the dish gone up and down the hill it would have cause the wooded area by the other entrance to Piers lane by Alpine road to also catch on fire. Can we say Oakland hills fire part 2. Thats what almost happened here. All because some one was either smoking when the dish was closed no humans should have been around in the first place or if the dish was open they just tossed their butt without putting it out. If Darwin discoverd the theory of evolution then us humanoids must still be walking on all four legs born without a brain.

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