MARIPOSA COUNTY – A fire burning near the end of Old Mill Road off E Westfall and Triangle Road is proving a challenge for firefighters.
The fire was reported just after 10 a.m., and at that time a mobile home was fully involved. The flames have spread to the surrounding vegetation and there are reportedly propane tanks on the property causing concern for firefighters.
Several other structures are threatened out ahead of the fire, but those residents are refusing to evacuate.
With very tight access and tough terrain, battling the fire is proving difficult, and the Incident Commander is working to stage engines and water tenders at the scene and out near Triangle Road, while calling for additional resources to respond, including more engines, crews, dozers and aircraft.
Firefighters are hiking in to the fireline, and air tankers on their way to the fire will only be available for one drop before leaving for a commitment on another incident, according to radio traffic.
CHP has been called in to provide traffic control, and everyone is advised to avoid the area to give firefighters clear access to do their jobs in these very tight quarters.
As of 11 a.m., reports are that the fire is about 5 to 6 acres, and that there are power lines down in the area.
Cal Fire, Mariposa County Fire, Sierra National Forest and Mt. Bullion Crews are all on scene.
(Thank you to Jeff Luna for the photo.)