Fires burn

Union Democrat staff

Fire crews this evening continue to fight a pair of wildfires burning in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

The first fire, the Rim Fire, is burning near Lumsden Bridge, in the Stanislaus National Forest, and is being handled by the U.S. Forest Service.

Forest Service spokesman Jerry Snyder said about 200 acres had burned along the south side of the Clavey River, about 1.5 miles east of the Tuolumne River, as of 5:30 p.m.

Forest Service officials urged people to stay off of the narrow Lumsden Road to make room for fire crews, should trucks be able to reach the area.

The fire is now being fought by air.

No evacuations of surrounding camp areas had been ordered.

The second fire, the Bridges Fire, is burning near Parrotts Ferry Road and Camp Nine Road.

As of 5 p.m., it had scorched 60 acres and was 0 percent contained, according to Cal Fire officials.

A few homes are in the area but none are believed to be threatened, according to Cal Fire officials.

About 150 people were assigned to that fire, in addition to air tankers and a helicopter.

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