COARSEGOLD – When a fire broke out on Revis Drive in Yosemite Lakes Park today, those nearest the blaze called 911. But first they called the guy across the road.
Kevin Olsen says he heard a crackling noise behind his house, and thought perhaps it sounded like a deer rubbing its antlers against something.
“Then I looked out and saw flames,” he said. “My wife said she was going to call 911, and I said ‘Okay, but I’m calling Chris.'”
Chris Haynes is the Station Captain at Madera County Fire Department Station #10 in Yosemite Lakes Park. He just happens to live right across the road.
Haynes and Randy Myers, Leiutenant at Station #10, grabbed their hand tools and headed for the fire.
After calling in a status report to the Mariposa Command Center, they got to work while they waited for the engines to arrive.
At the time Haynes and Myers arrived on the scene at 7:35 p.m., the fire was about one-quarter acre at the foot of Revis mountain, and was burning just feet behind several of the homes that line the east side of Revis Drive.
Helen Brown, neighbor just to the south of the Olsens, called YLP security, and residents all along the road came out to help direct traffic away from the blaze.
Cal Fire Engines #4295, #4285, and #4284, Madera County Fire Department Engines #8 Coarsegold and #10 YLP, and Water Tender #13 Coarsegold all responded to the fire.
Within an hour, firefighters had a line around the fire, and contained it at about one-and-a-half acres. Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
This is the third fire in the YLP area in the past week, with a vegetation fire on Yosemite Springs Parkway last Saturday, May 11, and a blaze that scorched about 36 acres on Mother’s Day off Ranger Circle Drive.
Cal Fire encourages all residents to clear defensible space around their homes in preparation for the fire season ahead, and to protect themselves in the event of wildland fires.