Two juvenile girls lighting fires on a cookie sheet on a hillside in unincorporated Alameda County are responsible for a 12-acre grass fire that threatened structures Monday, fire officials said today.
According to the Alameda County Fire Department, the blaze was reported at 3:06 p.m. on a hillside behind 6673 Crow Canyon Road in Castro Valley.
When fire crews first arrived on scene, five acres of grass had already burned and the flames were spreading uphill, fire officials reported.
The fire was contained in about 30 minutes after 90 members of the Alameda County Fire Department, Cal Fire and the East Bay Regional Parks Fire Department worked to fight the flames, officials said.
No injuries were reported from the fire, and although no threatened structures were damaged a fence line behind homes on Crow Canyon Crow experienced minor damage, officials said.
The girls responsible for the fire were apparently lighting fires on a cookie sheet under some trees and then stomping the fires out, officials said.
The girls were not taken into custody and remain in the care of their guardianship, Alameda County fire Battalion Chief Dan O’Hara said.
Fire officials urge community members to talk to their children about the dangers of playing with fire. To learn more about fire safety, visitwww.acgov.org/fire/index.htm