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Another day and three more fires in the foothills

Air tanker fighting a fire
Air tanker fighting a fire
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Yesterday June 3, 2014 at approximately 11:45 a.m. three fires started in the southern section of Tuolumne County, in the Highway J-59 / Bonds Flat Road area. Cal Fire began using fire crews, and air attack resources, including helicopters. These fires were near Don Pedro Reservoir, on the west side.

The vegetation fires soon merged and created one fire, which grew to 500 acres overnight, with 50% containment by last night. The fires threatened no structures and there have been no reported injuries fighting this fire. Cal Fire reported yesterday they had stopped the forward spread of the fire by nightfall and would continue an air attack this morning.

Thursday morning the first air attack resources were noticed as they flew out and by 11:30 this morning is reporting the fire at 75% containment, with the acreage holding steady at 500 acres. The overall size of the fire isn't large, the wildland destruction in what is primarily grassland with scattered tree coverage isn't great, however, this again points toward the seriousness of the foothills fire danger this year.

The 2014 fire season has been especially active with an extremely early start. Since May 27th, Stanislaus County experienced the Lake Fire which was contained two days later at thirty seven acres. Since that time, My Mother and Cal Fire have reported several small fires. One in East Sonora was contained very quickly due to the proximity of the Columbia Air Attack Base and multiple fire stations nearby.

The next fire was a half-acre fire in Jamestown which was stopped quickly on May 30, next a two to three acre fire in San Andreas on May 30, Calaveras County, two fires in Tuolumne County near the Sierra Conservation Center (prison) on June 2nd, which were limited to one at one half acre and the other grew to three acres.

On June 2nd a second fire broke out in Tuolumne County near Tuttletown which was contained at five acres. On June 3, 2014 another fire in Calaveras County near the community of Milton reached five acres in size. Ten fires in ten days, with three merging to make a single fire is not a pleasant prospect so early in the California fire season

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