MARIPOSA COUNTY – Crews have made progress on the Hunters Fire and fire officials report that the blaze is now 40% contained. Total containment is estimated on June 2. They have also reduced the reported acreage to 677 due to more accurate mapping.
The fire was reported on Monday, May 26, burning near Lake McClure in Mariposa County.
Firefighters continue to build and strengthen containment lines and put out hot spots, and there remains a lot of heat in the interior of the perimeter, but the fire is not advancing on any fronts.
The fire has destroyed two unoccupied residences and one outbuilding. No structures are threatened at this time.
Eight injuries have been reported.
There are no evacuation centers open at this time, and road closures have been lifted for residents only. Animals housed at the Mariposa County Animal Control Center can be retrieved between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Please call 209-966-3615 for assistance. For updates on road closures call the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office: 209-966-3614.
As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, there are 915 personnel assigned to the fire, with 88 engines, 30 crews, 11 bulldozers, 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters and 6 water tenders.
Residents should remain cautious of fire personnel and equipment working in the area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(photo by Sheila Kliewer)