Weekend fires scorch Mother Lode

Written by Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat June 24, 2013 10:50 am

Six fires over the weekend burned dozens of acres, destroyed a Jamestown trailer and kept firefighters jumping.

The most damaging fire occurred on the 10600 block of Seventh Avenue on Sunday. It was reported about 2:40 a.m., Cal Fire said.

One trailer was completely destroyed and another was partially damaged. 

People had been in the building, but were evacuated safely. The number of people was not available this morning. 

Cal Fire, Columbia College Fire Department and Tuolumne County Fire Department responded.

Crews remained on scene until about 11:15 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

The cause was under investigation Monday morning.

The Jamestown fire was one of five western Tuolumne County fires reported over the weekend. A sixth occurred in Calaveras County.

A small grass fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. Sunday behind businesses between Mono Way and Sanguinetti Road, near the railroad tracks.

It burned about a 100-by-50-foot area of grass, with no structures or injuries. Sonora City Fire and Cal Fire crews contained the blaze within 20 minutes.

Fire officials said the cause is under investigation.

Two separate fires Saturday burned nearly 20 acres of vegetation around Don Pedro Reservoir, in La Grange and Moccasin.

About 4:45 p.m., Cal Fire received reports of a vegetation fire near the 4600 block of Enramada Drive in La Grange.

The blaze burned six acres of vegetation before it was contained about 6 p.m.

Fire crews remained on scene until about 9 p.m.

Hours later, firefighters were dispatched to a fire on the north side of the lake, near Marshes Flat Road in Moccasin.

This fire was contained Sunday, having burned about 12 acres of vegetation.

No structures were burned by either fire, which Cal Fire Capt. Bernie Rapp partially attributed to defensible space clearing. Defensible space is a 100-foot clearing between a structure and vegetation to protect the structure from wildfires.

Rapp was not aware of any evacuations ordered.

Cal Fire dispatch had not received information this morning regarding the cause of either blaze.

No injuries were reported.

Friday evening saw a 4-acre vegetation fire, also near Don Pedro. 

From about 5:25 to 10:30 p.m., Cal Fire crews battled a blaze on Highway 132 at Arbolada Drive. No structure damage, injuries or evacuations were noted in the dispatch logs.

A sixth fire was reported Saturday near Moaning Cave Road, off Parrotts Ferry Road in Calaveras County.

The fire was reported at 2:25 p.m. to Parrotts Ferry Road. Cal Fire contained the blaze to three acres at about 9 p.m. No evacuations were necessary, and no injuries or structures were involved.