At 3:57 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire just starting on Highway 41 across from the Broken Bit.
Meanwhile, Jessica and John Frabotta were traveling south on Highway 41. Many know John Frabotta as Chef at Ducey’s on Bass Lake. Suddenly, off to the side in Coarsegold, they noticed flames picking up.
“We were driving by and saw the very small fire on the side of the road,” Jessica explains. “We turned around and parked and ran over to try to put the fire out. Burning on the east side of the road, it had quadrupled in size. Some individuals driving by had fire extinguishers and some had brooms. People were running up with whatever water they had in their cars to help.”
She didn’t catch their names, but the several people who stopped to help were much appreciated.
“The firefighters were thanking them for their quick actions. Cal Fire did an amazing job, too, they are awesome. They are all heroes.”
Jessica and other witnesses she talked to surmised the fire was started by a cigarette, due to its proximity to the road, but the cause is unknown.
Jessica wants to stress to everyone the importance of having items in your car including a fire extinguisher, shovel, broom or water.