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Firefighters extinguish major grass fire near VA hospital

20 acres burn in fire caused by a tractor performing week abatement

Firefighters brought a blaze under control within two hours Thursday that broke out near the VA Hospital in Livermore.

Deputy Fire Chief Joe Testa of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department said a tree caught on fire that rapidly spread to a field of grass and other trees near the VA Medical Center on Arroyo Road and into Sycamore Park.

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department received significant assistance fro

Alameda County Fire and the East Bay Regional Parks District assisted LPFD in fighting the fire, Testa said, with units from the Fremont Fire Department and Alameda County Fire providing backup coverage at LPFD stations.

The fire burned approximately 20 acres. The fire attack utilized air tankers and helicopters, fire engines and hand crews. Firefighters remained on the scene earlier today.

Firefighters were challenged by limited vehicle access and rough terrain, Testa added. This

included creek beds, narrow bridges and very soft soil.

During the fire, the blaze did jump over Arroyo Road to the Wente Vineyards, but those fires were quickly extinguished.

Arroyo Road was closed for approximately two hours due to limited visibility caused by smoke, and while firefighters and equipment moved to fight the fire.

More than 130 firefighters assisted in extinguishing this fire. No injuries were reported. No structures were damaged or threatened.

The fire started on the Veterans Affairs property and was caused by a tractor performing week abatement.

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