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Reed Fire update

The Reed Fire south of San Andreas was 75 percent contained this morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fire had burned 109 acres and at least one structure - an outbuilding.

 

 


Reed Fire update

As night fell Friday, fire crews seemed to be gaining ground on the Reed Fire burning south of San Andreas in Calaveras County.


Fire update: 45 percent contained

As of 6 p.m. a vegetation fire south of San Andreas has burned 120 acres and was 45 percent contained.

Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Two buildings — barns or outbuildings — have burned. 

Dozens of homes have been evacuated due to the fire, which started off George Reed Drive near Pool Station Road, according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Lisa Williams.

Traffic on Highway 49, closed earlier, is now moving. One lane of traffic has reopened, Williams said.

The fire was reported about 4 p.m. The cause is undetermined.


Fire update: homes evacuated

Dozens of homes have been evacuated south of San Andreas as a vegetation fire continues to grow.

 

The fire, burning off George Reed Drive near Pool Station Road, had scorched about 90 acres as of 5 p.m., according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Lisa Williams.

 

There was no containment.

 

About 30 homes on Howell Road, Saddleback Drive, and Magers Road — all centred around Highway 49 — were evacuated.

 

Traffic on Highway 49, closed earlier, is now moving. One lane of traffic has reopened, Williams said.

 

The fire was reported about 4 p.m. The cause is undetermined.

 

A helicopter, a dozer, four air tankers, four hand crews and 15 engines are on scene. 

 

Responding agencies include San Andreas Fire, Mokelumne Hill Fire, Central Calaveras Fire, Foothill Fire, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office and CHP.

 

 


Fire closes 49 in Calaveras

Highway 49 south of San Andreas is closed because of a fire.

 

The highway is closed from Buckskin Way to the old Airport outside of San Andreas, according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Lisa Williams. Alternate routes between Angels Camp and San Andreas are Fricot City road to Calaveritas to Mountain Ranch Road, according to California Highway Patrol.

 

The  20-25 acre vegetation fire broke out at 3:27 p.m. this afternoon on George Reed Road Road.

 

The cause of the fire is under investigation and it is unknown when the highway will be re-opened, Williams said.

 

Employees at the Resource Connection Food Bank said they can see smoke behind a tree line that separates the food bank from a concrete mixing plant.



Slaying suspect arraigned

 
A Twain Harte woman was arraigned this afternoon in Tuolumne County Superior Court on a felony murder charge in the killing of Ricky Roberts.
 


Locals to benefit from SRA fee money

Local fire prevention efforts could get a boost thanks to some money to be set aside in the state budget.

Earlier this week, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced it would use some of the money collected through the controversial State Responsibility Area fire fee for fire-protection projects.

 


Frustration grows over Rim Fire inaction

Tuolumne County law enforcement and government leaders continue to be frustrated by the lack of action and information from federal prosecutors investigating a man suspected of starting 2013’s historic Rim Fire.

Official word from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno is: “It’s still an active investigation.”

 


Natural Bridges: A hot spot to cool off

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People gather at the far side of the lower bridge cave at Natural Bridges in Calaveras County on Thursday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Located about 10 miles from downtown Sonora and seven from Angels Camp, Natural Bridges is a summertime favorite for area residents and tourists alike, and for many good reasons.

Among them are proximity, a pleasant 2-mile roundtrip hike from the parking area to Coyote Creek, otherworldly limestone caves, and, of course, a chilly slow-moving creek for swimming.


Arrest made in connection with Sonora killing

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Cheryl Lucero. Courtesy photo.
A Twain Harte woman has been arrested in connection with the killing of Ricky Roberts, who was gunned down in February in his Mono Way auto shop.

Cheryl Lynn Lucero, 45, of the 19800 block of August Court, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Tuolumne County Superior Court. What she will be charged with had not been determined as of this morning, said District Attorney Mike Knowles.

 


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