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Fire Prompting Limited Evacuations Near Bootjack

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire burning just south of Bootjack on Humbug Creek Drive off Indian Peak Road.

Crews were called out just after 2 p.m. First engine at scene reported the fire at 1/2 acre, burning in grass and oak with a moderate rate of spread.

Engines, water tenders and two crews out of Mt. Bullion were called out, plus Air Attack, air tankers and a helicopter.

At 2:35 p.m., Air Attack arrived over the fire, estimating the size had grown to 7 acres, and that a bit of wind may be increasing the rate of spread. The Incident Commander ordered two additional air tankers and another water tender.

At 2:45 p.m., three additional engines were dispatched to assist.

By 2:52 p.m., Air Attack estimated that the fire had grown to 30 acres with the potential to cross the road, endangering multiple structures.

Residents on Miwok Road are being evacuated at this time, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. No other areas are being evacuated, though residents in the immediate area should be ready to leave if necessary.

As of 3:22 p.m., the IC reports the fire holding at approximately 34 acres.

UPDATE 3:45 P.M. – All evacuations have been lifted, the Humbug Fire is contained. Three hours for mopup. Please drive with caution in the area as emergency traffic remains in and around the fire.

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