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Two-Alarm Fire Scorches Acreage In Danville; Transient Arrested For Starting Warming Fire

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San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District firefighters worked to extinguish a grass fire burning in wild lands near Rassanni and Cloverbrook in Danville Wednesday night.

A transient was detained after he was observed attempting to hid in the brush near the point of origin for the fire, which was reported at 10:45 p.m. and burned five acres before crews were able to bring it under control.

Firefighters detained transient George Balster, 30, after he admitting starting a fire in the grassy field in an effort to warm himself. Balster allegedly ran from firefighters initially and had to be detained in the back of an ambulance until police arrived.

Balster was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for recklessly causing a fire, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and for violating terms of his probation.

The fire was first reported to have scorched approximately two acres and triggered a 2nd Alarm callout for additional resources shortly after it was reported. Crews were able to stop the forward progress of the blaze at about 11:30 p.m.

No structures burned and no injuries were reported.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Wondered when it was going to be our turn. I’ve been seeing people walking up into those hills with sleeping bags for weeks.

  2. There has to be a way to get those folks sheltered and off the streets. there has to be an option – you can go to the shelter we’ve provided or you can face arrest. I know it’s drastic but I also think we’re there.

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