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An air tanker drops a load of fire retardant on a vegetation fire that sparked Monday above Coarsegold.(Photo courtesy of Benjamin Datchuck)

Crews Douse Vegetation Fire North of Coarsegold

A helicopter works Monday’s fire. (Photo courtesy Paul Adelizi)

COARSEGOLD — Local CAL FIRE crews mobilized Monday afternoon to fight a vegetation fire that sparked in the hills just off Highway 41 at Morava Road.

An air tanker and helicopter were also used to extinguish the brush fire before it could threaten any structures.

Madera County Fire Chief Matt Watson estimated Monday’s blaze at about 10 acres.

“We’ve got the forward progress stopped and we’re in the mop up stages right now,” Watson said at 5:45 p.m. Monday evening.

Watson said the fire, which is under investigation, may have been sparked by an old burn pile. It was the latest in a series of blazes that have flared up in the canyon just north of Coarsegold over the past few weeks.

According to reports from local residents, fire crews also extinguished small blazes on May 26 and June 11 in the same general area.

“It’s very scary,” said Coarsegold resident Rose Wright. “Do some stupid people still think it’s burn season?”


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