Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit responded Thursday afternoon to a four-acre vegetation fire near the 15300 block of Peoria Road in Jamestown.

The fire was reportedly caused by someone pouring gasoline into the carburetor of a vehicle, said Cal Fire TCU Fire Specialist Emily Kilgore.

Authorities responded about 1 p.m. when it was burning about an acre of brush, and the fire expanded before it was 100 percent contained at 2:28 p.m., Kilgore said.

No homes were threatened, but two outbuildings were damaged, she said.

The responsible party, who was issued a citation, had attempted to start a vehicle and ignited dry vegetation.

Thirteen fire engines, one bulldozer, three hand crews, two water tenders and all Columbia aircraft were originally dispatched.

There were no reported injuries.

Cal Fire TCU also continued to battle the Quail Fire in the area of Quail Oaks Road and Oak Hill Drive, a 59-acre fire that began about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire was 80 percent contained as of 3 p.m. Thursday, with two fire engines, one hand crew and one water tender still at the scene.

The owner of a push-behind lawn mower was cited Wednesday for owning equipment that started a fire, not having proper tools, such as a shovel within 25 feet of his equipment, and allowing a fire to escape his control.

On Wednesday, Cal Fire TCU Public Information Office Melinda Shoff could not identify where the blaze started or if the lawn mower was gas powered, but a charred push-behind lawn mower was identified near the top of a hill on the 1900 block of Oak Hill Drive. The address was included in a Cal Fire press release as a focal point of the fire.

Firefighters had been on the scene through the night battling the fire, Kilgore said.

The total resources contributed to the firefighting effort included 13 engines, one bulldozer, two hand crews, one Air Attack plane, one helicopter and multiple personnel from surrounding agencies.

About 35 homes in the area of Quail Oaks Road to Crown Court, Butler Lane to Dale Lane and all of Covey Lane were evacuated. Evacuation orders were lifted about 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

There were no reported injuries or damage to structures.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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