A wildfire burned 150 acres and prompted mandatory evacuations and evacuation warnings Thursday afternoon in the Campo Seco community outside Valley Springs in Calaveras County, a Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit spokeswoman said.
The Campo Fire was reported at 1:11 p.m. in the area of 5147 Buckboard Lane, near the junction with Campos Seco Road. As of 5:30 p.m. the fire was zero percent contained with a moderate rate of spread. There were mandatory evacuations for residents on Loera Hills Road, and evacuation warnings for residents on Buckboard Lane.
No structures had been damaged or destroyed by the fire as of 4 p.m. Fighting the fire were 12 engine crews; pilots in two helicopters, two tanker planes, and one air attack spotter plane; two dozer drivers, three hand crews and several command staff. More resources had been requested. Cal Fire was advising people to avoid the area.
A helicopter pilot responding to the Campo Fire spotted another fire at 3:06 p.m. at 3551 South Burson Road, about four miles southwest of Campo Fire, in the Burson area, Walynda Miller with Cal Fire’s Tuolumne Calaveras Unit said in a phone interview. That fire was declared contained to one acre burned at 3:24 p.m.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, there were no active wildfires burning in Tuolumne County, Miller said. Earlier in the day Thursday, there was debris burning conducted on Cal Fire’s Shiloh Vegetation Management Plan site in the Sierra Village community south of Highway 108.
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