MARIPOSA COUNTY – Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a fire that destroyed a home on Old Mill Road in Mariposa County today.
The fire was reported just after 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 15, as a structure fire. The blaze then spread to the surrounding vegetation, and threatened several other homes in the area.
Some 25 engines responded to the fire, along with 6 air tankers, 2 helicopters, several crews from Mt. Bullion and at least 3 water tenders. Agencies involved in the suppression activities include Cal Fire, Mariposa County Fire and Sierra National Forest personnel.
The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP closed some mountain roads near the incident to allow fire equipment to navigate the narrow access routes, and ensure the safety of the public.
Evacuations near the fire have now been lifted, and roads have been reopened to residents.
Crews will work through the night and into tomorrow to do mop up, work hot spots and patrol the perimeter. Though the fire was contained at just a few acres, terrain and vegetation conditions require lots of work for crews to get this fire dead-out.
One residence was destroyed and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Luna)