Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Monday afternoon on Highway 108 and then a few minutes later another in several spots on Mono Way in front of Heritage Church.
The first call came in at 2:47 p.m. reporting the 108 fire near the Mother Lode Regional Juvenile Detention Facility. The second call was at 2:50 p.m. for the fire on Mono Way. The two locations are about two miles apart.
Andrew Murphy, assistant chief of the Tuolumne County Fire Department said investigators would be looking into the cause but added, “dragging is a frequent cause of fires.”
Sid Gordon, a State Farm agent on Mono Way, said he was working with a client when they saw smoke and ash drift by the window. They grabbed a hose and began spraying down the flames before firefighters arrived.
“It’s just a reminder, even though we’ve had all this rain, it’s fire season now,” Murphy said.