AUBERRY – The Musick Fire, which was burning in the Jose Basin area west of Shaver Lake, is now 100 percent contained at 33 acres.
The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon on the Sierra National Forest. Quick actions and available firefighters coming from the recent Willow Fire made for an effective plan that allowed crews to get a handle on it and put out the blaze this afternoon.
It is being reported that the fire was started by someone firing a gun, who then realized their actions had started a fire and called 911.
The biggest concern for those fighting the fire was the main power lines running through the area of the point of ignition, and the huge number of dead and dying trees.
Some homes were initially evacuated as a precautionary measure, but all residents have been permitted to return to their homes.
There are approximately 80 firefighters from neighboring Sequoia National Forest and Cal Fire assisting local forces with mop-up operations within the perimeter.
Air support was a major factor in stopping the spread and allowing ground forces to complete a line around the fire quickly.
“With this being the fourth year of a severe drought the public is reminded that the Sierra National Forest is in fire restrictions, which means the visitors can only have campfires in designated campgrounds and wilderness areas,” says Iveth Hernandez, Public Affairs Assistant Intern for the Forest. “The safety of our public and employees remains the number one priority for the Forest.”