MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters are at scene of a vegetation fire burning in the Lush Meadows area on East Westfall Road near Oliver Creek Road, with power lines down.
The fire was dispatched just after 2:30 p.m., and the first engine at scene reported the fire — described as actually three separate fires — at a total of one to one-and-a-half acres with a moderate rate of spread, headed toward a long line of bug kill up the hill.
The fire is burning on the south side of East Westfall Road. Structures are threatened.
The incident commander ordered two additional air tankers for a total of four, and a full wildland dispatch is en route, including two helicopters.
Firefighters are facing a live safety hazard of power lines down inside the fire area.
Update 2:52 p.m. – Evacuations are being ordered on East Westfall Road from Triangle Road to Conifer, and on Old Mill and Smithers.
At 2:56 p.m., Air Attack reported fire has spotted across to the north side of East Westfall Road. The IC ordered 10 more Type 3 engines, 6 more crews and 1 additional dozer.
East Westfall Road is closed on the south at Chowchilla Mountain Road.
A Red Cross shelter is being set up at the New Life Christian Church, 5086 Cole Road.
As of 3:23 p.m., the fire was reported at about 3 acres with zero percent containment, dangerous spotting and winds.
Evacuation warnings are going out on Vista Lago and Monte Vista.
Air tankers are painting a box of retardant out from the perimeter to contain any more spotting.
At 3:51 p.m., the Emergency Command Center received a report of a new fire in the Don Pedro area, and reported there were no resources to send to that new start. They will be requesting engines out of the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit to the north.
PCFs have been called up to staff five stations in the Unit.
At 4:07 p.m., Air Attack reported the fire at 10 acres, burning in grass and woodland with four structures immediately threatened.
By 4:20 p.m., five engines were released from the Westfall Fire to respond to Don Pedro.
At 4:45 p.m., the IC reported forward progress had been stopped.
Eight engines have been released to respond to the Banderilla Fire near Don Pedro.
We will update as conditions change.