MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit found themselves responding to two late-season fires today, Tuesday, November 15th, 2022. One fire was near North Fork in Madera County and the other fire was near the town of Mariposa in Mariposa County.
The first fire started at approximately 11:15 am near the intersection of North Fork Road and Flat Lane. When crews arrived on the scene they reported the fire was approximately 50 feet by 50 feet in size, burning at a slow rate of spread and not threatening any structures. Before the fire was contained it had burned almost 4 acres. There was also an ambulance requested for a civilian with burn injuries to their lower extremities.
The second fire started at approximately 12:20 pm near the intersection of Highway 140 and Old Highway North just outside of the town of Mariposa. Initial reports indicated the fire was 2 acres burning at a slow rate of spread. When the firefighting aircraft arrived on the scene they reported it had burned almost 4 acres and had the potential to burn 10 acres. The aircraft got to work laying down retardant on the right flank first and then moved on to cover the left flank. When the fire was contained an hour later it had burned 3.8 acres.
With these two fires, we are once again reminded that fire season can last all year long in California. Please always take as many precautions as possible when dealing with fires of any kind in our communities, especially if you are burning debris on your own property.