COARSEGOLD — Crews are currently on scene of a fire burning in vegetation in the 30000 block of Longview Lane in Coarsegold, at the intersection of Longview and the Flying O Ranch Road. Evacuation warnings have been issued for residents two miles on either side, immediately east and west of the fire.
The Longview Fire was called in just after 1 p.m. today, and the first engine at scene reported it at 1-2 acres, burning in grass at a moderate rate of spread.
One structure was immediately threatened.
Multiple engines, one dozer, two water tenders and two helicopters are currently assigned to the incident, with some resources diverted from the Fork and Winding Fires. Crews working in triple-digit heat had a hose lay around the perimeter by 1:19 p.m. as the dozer cut a line around the fire; firefighters are said to be making good progress.
UPDATE 2:48 p.m. — Fire contained at 4.2 acres, with mop-up expected to take two to three hours.
The resident of the home that was immediately threatened by the fire is reported to be Destinee Anderson.
“They stopped the fire at my deck,” says the relieved resident. “I have no idea how it started but I walked outside to take my dogs out to potty I smelled smoke and went looking around the back of my house. Sure enough, I heard trees crackling and then I saw flames coming up to my house! I was in in complete panic mode even though I know that’s the one thing they say not to do! Thank goodness they got it contained.”
UPDATE 3:40 p.m. — Cal Fire has lifted the evacuation advisory. Please continue to use caution when in the area as crews remain on scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.