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O'Neals Fire from Butterfield Stage - photo Lisa Clark

O’Neals Fire Grows To Over 60 Acres

O’NEALS – Crews are at scene a vegetation fire in a remote area near O’Neals, and more resources continue to arrive.

At 5:43 p.m., reports came in of a fire on a property at 51100 Road 210. Multiple reports began coming in to the Cal Fire Emergency Command Center, and the smoke is visible from the top of Deadwood.

O’Neals Fire – photo Cameron Colombero

The first unit at scene reported the fire at 20 to 30 acres and noted that access to the scene would be challenging.

The Battalion Chief requested two additional air tankers and a full wildland dispatch.

Air Attack is overhead, plus air tankers and helicopters.

CHP has responded to assist in directing fire equipment to access points.

At 6:09 p.m., three additional air tankers were requested.

When Air Attack arrived overhead at 6:11 p.m., they reported the fire at 45 acres, burning in oak woodland and grass, active on all sides, with structures immediately threatened.

The Incident Commander has requested two more Type 3 Strike Teams (10 engines), two more dozers and four additional hand crews, however multiple fires across the Unit mean some resources are committed to other incidents.

At 6:27 p.m., the size of the fire was estimated at 60 to 70 acres, with a spot fire off to the north about 1/4 mile.

At 7 p.m., the fire had reached the top of the ridge at Topping Ranch Road, and was reportedly slowing as it hit the road.

At 7:21 p.m., the fire was estimated at about 95 acres with 5 percent containment, and still holding at Topping Ranch Road. The rate of spread was noted as “moderate,” down from the dangerous spread noted when the fire first started.

We will update this article as conditions develop.

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