MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Triangle Fire has now grown to approximately 30 acres, and is burning through the grass toward Buckingham Mountain, reports the Incident Commander.
Additional resources have been dispatched to assist with the fire, which is burning about 4 miles north of Highway 49 and has prompted the closure of Carter Road between Triangle Road and Buckingham Mountain Road.
The Sheriff’s Office is now setting up a hard closure on Triangle Road between Butterfly Ridge Road and Nickel Plate Road.
There are now four air tankers either working the fire or on order, and the IC is requesting a total of 8 crews, 6 dozers and 2 more water tenders.
It has also been reported that the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a dark colored SUV that may have had a tire blow out and was driving on the rim on Triangle Road, possible starting the fire.
Volunteers from the Red Cross are standing by in case they are needed in the event of evacuations.
The first engine on scene reported about this fire at about 5 acres, bolstered by 3-5 mph winds with a moderate rate of spread.
Two structures were reported threatened, and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has been called in to assist with the road closure and any possible evacuation notices.
The fire was reported at 12:06 p.m. north of Triangle Road about one mile east of Carter Road.
Battalion Chiefs 4215 and 4211 responded, along with Cal Fire engines 4285, 4292, 4261, 4264, 4271, 4291 and 4294, along with two dozers, two crews out of Mount Bullion, Companies 29 and 21, and Sierra National Forest Engines 12 and 314. One air tanker and two helicopters are also en route.
At 12:35 p.m., additional resources were call up, including Cal Fire Engines 4295, 4255, 4284, 4281, Water Tenders 37 and 33, and two additional crews from Mount Bullion, and three more air tankers.
Some resources released from the Usona Fire that started earlier today, are being sent to Triangle.
Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate if it becomes necessary.