Firefighters use bulldozers 

Remote location near Woodside posed challenge

WOODSIDE — State investigators are looking into the cause of a 3.5-acre wildfire in San Mateo County’s Huddart Park that ignited early Monday.

No one was injured from the fire and no homes were threatened, but firefighters did have trouble accessing the blaze in their efforts to contain it after waiting until daylight to find its exact location.

Battalion Chief Scott Jalbert of the California Division of Foresty said the fire was reported shortly after 3 a.m. but crews didn’t get to the fire until 7:30 a.m. because there were no roads or open areas around the site.

"There’s some trails and we took a bulldozer and widened a trail to get the fire engines up there," Jalbert said.

Huddart Park is located just north of Highway 84, or Woodside Road, and its total size is approximately 900 acres.

The fire was ultimately contained by 11 a.m. Monday, and no state or Woodside Fire Protection District firefighters sustained any injuries during the call.

Jalbert described the terrain as "pretty steep" with "heavy fuels," such as a high number of trees and heavy brush.

The park contains a variety of habitats including chaparral, which the county’s Web site describes as "hot and dry."

Jalbert said investigators were still looking into the cause but acknowledged that there were some high-tension power lines in the area.

dsmith@examiner.com

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