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Half-A-Dozen Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

COARSEGOLD — A fire burning at the edge of Yosemite Lakes Park near the dam at Black Hawk Lake has been contained.

Just before 4 p.m., as mop-up was being completed at the Garnet Fire on Road 400, firefighters were dispatched to the end of Patrick Avenue for another vegetation fire.

A resident who was out for a run along the dirt road on the north side of the lake said she smelled smoke, then discovered a large burn pile with fire fanning out along the dam. She said there was no one around the pile when she discovered the fire.

Just as the Black Hawk fire was being dispatched, a structure fire was called out in Madera and a vegetation fire in Chowchilla. With resources being stretched thin, available PCFs not already dispatched were called up to man their stations and engines.

Firefighters had the fire at the dam contained by 5:15 p.m, with an estimated three hours for mop-up. A hand crew was dispatched out of Mt. Bullion to free up engines to respond to other incidents as needed.

The last estimate of the Black Hawk fire was 2.4 acres. The cause remains under investigation.

Just after 6 p.m., two more vegetation fires were reported, one on White Rock Road in the Catheys Valley area, and another on Road 29 at Avenue 13-1/4. One engine dispatched to White Rock was diverted for a medical aid at Eastman Lake.

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