COARSEGOLD – Crews were called out at 1:17 p.m. this afternoon for reports of a vegetation fire on Creek Road, just south of Patrick Avenue in Yosemite Lakes Park.
First firefighters on scene reported the fire at about one acre, burning in grass and oak woodland, with two structures immediately threatened.
Patrick Avenue was closed off at Yosemite Springs Parkway, and for a short time, CHP and Cal Trans were stopping vehicles from exiting off of Highway 41 to enter YLP.
A full wildland dispatch was called up, including Cal Fire Engines 4285, 4295, 4255, 4275, 4284, 4287, and 4294, along with Madera County Fire Engines 8, 10 and 17, and Water Tender 17, plus one engine from Fresno-Kings Unit, two crews out of Mount Bullion, and two Battalion Chiefs.
Two air tankers were also dispatched to the incident, and circled over the fire until it was determined that they were not needed and they returned to base without dropping.
Another fire started just east of main fire, and burned about 1/2 acre before crews got that one knocked down.
Residents near the incident were warned to be prepared to evacuate, but by 2:10 p.m., crews had stopped the forward progress of the fire and resources not already on scene were released to return to quarters.
Firefighters held the blaze to 2.5 acres, and no structures were lost. The fire was contained at 4:15 p.m.