MARIPOISA COUNTY – The strange sight of a wildland fire putting up smoke in January greeted residents this morning during their morning commute.
What has been named the Windsong Fire was reported this morning at 2:45 a.m. Cal Fire engines were the first on scene, though the fire is burning on Sierra National Forest land in Mariposa County.
Now estimated at 8 acres, the fire is burning in steep terrain in the Pilot Peak area about 3 miles north of Nipinnawasee just east of Highway 49.
The Sierra National Forest has 5 engines and 5 crews on scene, along with 2 water tenders and 1 dozer. Cal Fire is assisting in the suppression efforts with 2 engines, 4 hand crews and 1 water tender from the Madera County Fire Department.
Full containment is expected this afternoon. No structures have been lost or threatened, and the cause is under investigation.
Update 12:25 p.m. – The Sierra National Forest is reporting that the fire is now 100 percent contained at 8 acres. They will continue monitoring the area and doing mopup throughout the evening.
All Cal Fire personnel have been released, and SNF Engines 13 and 14 are still on scene, along with 4 crews from Mt. Bullion and Madera County Fire Department Water Tender 18.
The cause remains under investigation.