Fire crews were battling a brush fire Wednesday afternoon in the Arastradero Preserve, according to the Palo Alto Fire Department.
A vegetation fire near U.S. Highway 101 in between Novato and Petaluma was contained Wednesday, and traffic was flowing again as the commute began.
The fire worked its way up a hillside, prompting a two-alarm response that has included a helicopter and two Cal Fire hand crews—one of which was nearby when the fire started, he said.
There have been many firefighting improvements since a deadly firestorm ripped through the hills of Berkeley and Oakland 20 years ago next week. But, firefighters can’t do much about the hills themselves, forcing them to navigate dangerous roads whenever flames break out.
There is a concern among Bay Area fire officials that the late season wet weather could cause problems this fire season.