Area Firefighters Have Had Plenty To Do
Firefighters have had a busy couple days, and fortunately made quick work of several fires in the area.
Thursday, Aug. 23, a fire on E. Idyllwild in a neighborhood near Bass Lake’s Pines Resort involved about one-half acre and a boat trailer. The “Idle Fire” was reported at 10:18 p.m. on Thursday night, and was burning in dry vegetation next to several homes.
Engines were called up from Cedar Valley, Batterson, Bass Lake, the Rancheria and North Fork stations, but several were called off as firefighters first-on-the-scene quickly got the fire under control.
Cal Fire Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson said the cause of the fire was unknown. “When you attack a fire this hard and with this many personnel, you may never know the cause. Getting the fire out is the number one priority, and evidence of the ignition point may be destroyed.”
The firefighters on the Sierra National Forest have also been busy. On Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 5:01 p.m., campers in the area south of Granite Creek campground reported a fire near their location off Forest Service Road 5S30. Batterson Engine #13 responded, along with several patrol units. Dubbed the “Meadow Fire,” it consumed only one-tenth of an acre and is contained and being patrolled.
Dirk Charley, acting Public Affairs Officer for the Sierra National Forest said the fire was human caused, and is under investigation.
Fire also broke out two miles up the Sky Ranch Road (Road 632) just north of Oakhurst on Thursday, Aug. 23. The fire was reported at 9:51 p.m., and engines from Batterson, Jerseydale, Cedar Valley and Mt. Bullion responded to the fire called “Sky Ranch.” It was stopped at about one-half acre, and no structures were threatened. It is contained and being patrolled.
This fire was also deemed to be human-caused, and is under investigation.