Reed Fire update

By Union Democrat staff June 20, 2014 08:13 pm
As night fell Friday, fire crews seemed to be gaining ground on the Reed Fire burning south of San Andreas in Calaveras County.

As of 8 p.m., the fire was about 75 percent contained and forward spread had stopped, according to Cal Fire officials. It had burned about 120 acres of vegetation and at least one structure, described as an outbuilding, as of the last status update.

The fire was reported at 3:27 p.m. and is believed to have started on George Reed Drive, a spur road off Pool Station Road. The cause was undetermined.

It quickly spread toward Highway 49 and several houses in the area. By early evening, about 30 homes were ordered evacuated, but the evacuation was called off about 7 p.m.

For part of Friday afternoon, the fire closed Highway 49 and other area roads. All roads were reopened by 7 p.m., Cal Fire said.
About 246 people from a half dozen agencies were assigned to fight the fire. Resources committed to the fire include 22 fire engines, two bulldozers, five water tenders, nine fire crews, and an air attack plane.

"Forward progress has been stopped; one bulldozer, one water tender and all aircraft have been released. All other crews will remain on scene throughout the night and into tomorrow," Cal Fire officials said in a statement.