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'Hunter Fire' grows to 300 acres in Mariposa County

Cal Fire retardant drop
Cal Fire retardant drop
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A fire which broke out in Mariposa County at 3:33 p.m. today, May 26, 2014 was reported by Cal Fire officials. The fire has grown rapidly from less than twenty acres when reported, to more than three hundred acres by 6:08 p.m. in Cal Fire's last update.

The fire is on Hunter Valley Rd, Mariposa County, which is near lake McClure. MML reports that one structure has been destroyed and more are threatened.

Air attack units from the Columbia Air Attack base, in Tuolumne County, can be heard making the flights to and from the fire. Cal Fire has yet to update their website information on the number of crews working the fire. The fire at this time has a 0% containment, and the forward rate of growth has yet to be halted.

UPDATE: 8:15 p.m. 5/26/2014

Cal Fire has now updated the Hunter Fire status to five hundred acres, with evacuations in progress in the Hunter Valley area. Residences are being threatened in the very rural area.

Due to it now being to dark for the Air Attack units to fly, the prognosis between now and tomorrow morning is not hugely positive.

The firefighters may get a break due to the increased humidity now that the sun has gone down, but without the Air Attack units to hit any hotspots at the leading edge of the fire, that advantage may not be as large an advantage as needed to halt the forward progress of the fire.

With the total acreage at just over five hundred acres now, in less than five hours, the rate of spread is shown to be a bit more than one hundred acres per hour. The fire now has the potential to reach far more one thousand acres by the the time the Air Attack units are able to take off again on Tuesday morning.

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