MADERA COUNTY – Several lightning strikes in the mountain area last night kept firefighters busy tracking down small blazes.
The first call came in just after 7 p.m. on Monday, July 22, for a fire along Road 600 near Grub Gulch. There were two small fires in the area that crews had handled in short order.
The rest of the resources, both Cal Fire and Madera Co. Fire Department, that had been dispatched to the Road 600 incident were then diverted to mop up a small fire on Yokuts, just off Road 415 near the Coarsegold Elementary School. This was also quickly handled, as neighbors and the home’s residents were immediately out with hoses and shovels before firefighters arrived to help. Firefighters then staged at the school to be prepared for more possible incidents as a result of the lightning in the area.
The lightning also caused several fires in the high Sierra, and Forest Service crews have been busy all day up near Mammoth Pool Reservoir. One fire was estimated at over 50 acres at mid-afternoon.
Air attack and tankers have been in the air all day in the Mammoth Pool area. Radio traffic has just indicated that they will be doing some road closures and evacuations near Kaiser Pass, Stump Springs Road and Huntington Lake Road involving another fire burning on the east side of the San Joaquin River.
We have been unable to get any information from the Sierra National Forest, but will check back in the morning for any updates.