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Hunter's Fire 100% contained, 7 days, 7 fires

Helicopter making a water drop
Helicopter making a water drop
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Cal Fire declared the Hunter's Fire in Mariposa County 100% contained today June 3, 2014. The fire had been downgraded from over thirteen hundred acres to six hundred seventy seven acres on May 28, 2014. The reason for the decrease was better mapping of the actual fire area vs. an acreage including the full circumference of the fire.

In total, only two residences were destroyed along with one outbuilding. The number of firefighters were over one thousand at one point, until the air attack and hand crews got partial control of the forward rate of spread. The firefighters on scene at this time according to the Cal Fire website has dwindled to thirty two personnel, and two fire engines which includes the two fire crews still on the scene.

Locally, in foothills communities, the fire season has been especially active with an extremely early start. On May 27th, Stanislaus County experienced the Lake Fire which was contained two days later at thirty seven acres. Since that time, MML has 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.

One half-acre fire in Jamestown which was stopped quickly on May 30, 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. Today another fire in Calaveras County near Milton reached five acres in size.

The total acreage involved in all seven of these fires has been minimal, at less than fifty acres. However, seven fires since May 27th to June 3rd is quite a bit more than a normal fire season would provide. Foothills residents are understandably nervous.