Update 5:45 p.m.

Power was restored to more than 10,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers by 5:30 p.m., about three hours after outages struck and a fire ignited in Standard, between Mono Way and Tuolumne Road east of Sonora.

The blaze that burned about five acres on both sides of Standard Road coincided with more than 12,000 outages reported up the Highway 108 corridor through Twain Harte and Long Barn toward Strawberry and Pinecrest. 

About 9,200 Pacific Gas and Electric customers lost power when outages first hit at 2:28 p.m. Cal Fire then requested other live lines be de-energized for the safety of firefighters. The utility shut off power to an additional 2,800 customers at 2:43 p.m.

Pacific Gas and Electric workers were investigating the cause of the initial outage, Brandi Merlo with PG&E marketing and communications said.

As of 5:30 p.m. a PG&E electrical outages page showed there were still more than 700 customers without power in the Standard area and south of Standard.

Update 5 p.m.

Firefighters were gaining the upper hand on a fire about two hours after it first broke out in the Standard area, spread to both sides of the road, and prompted temporary evacuation warnings for residents of Cavalieri Road south of Mono Way.

A man who said he witnessed when the blaze started said he heard a noise, looked up and saw fire. Rick Bacon, owner of Rick Bacon’s Customs in Standard, was in front of his business on Standard Road writing an estimate for a customer when he heard “a loud pop!”

From behind his shop, “both the customer and I looked up to see where it came from and, that quick, there were flames 20 to 30 feet high on the hill 50 yards from the back of the shop” near a power pole with a transformer on it, Bacon said.

Later, as fire crews and conditions helped slow the progress of the fire, Bacon recognized firefighters for their hard work in afternoon temperatures that approached 100 degrees. Bacon shook the hand of a passing fireman and said “Thank you, kind sir” as the fire died down.

The blaze coincided with more than 12,000 outages reported up the Highway 108 corridor through Twain Harte and Long Barn toward Strawberry and Pinecrest. 

At 4:45 p.m., a Pacific Gas and Electric spokesperson said the utility had an outage that started at 2:28 p.m. initially affecting 9,200 customers. They then shut off electricity for about 2,800 more customers at 2:43 p.m. at the request of Cal Fire for firefighter safety.

Pacific Gas and Electric workers were investigating the cause of the initial outage, Brandi Merlo with PG&E marketing and communications said.

Update 4:30 p.m.

All evacuation warnings for residents of homes on Cavalieri Road were lifted shortly after 4 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office staff were still asking everyone to avoid Standard Road as fire crews continued to work to contain the fire that had burned about five acres between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The fire was estimated to be 10 percent contained shortly before 4 p.m. On scene in the firefight were 11 engine crews, two bulldozer drivers, two ground crews, three water-tank trucks or trailers, one air traffic control plane, and one helicopter crew, a spokesperson for Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit said.

Also responding to the fire were workers with Pacific Gas and Electric, the California Highway Patrol, Tuolumne City Fire, Sonora City Fire, Tuolumne County Fire, and Cal Fire.

The blaze coincided with more than 12,000 outages reported up the Highway 108 corridor through Twain Harte and Long Barn toward Strawberry and Pinecrest. 

There was no word from fire, law enforcement or utility officials on what caused the fire, which broke out about 2:30 p.m. and eventually burned on both sides of Standard Road between Mono Way and Tuolumne Road.

Update 4 p.m.

Pilots were helping firefighters on the ground as they tried to get a handle on a fast-moving blaze that broke out about 2:30 p.m. on Standard Road between Mono Way and Tuolumne Road. The fire coincided with more than 12,000 Pacific Gas and Electric outages.

The crew of Helicopter 404 was doing drops on the fire and they had to negotiate above-ground power lines in the area. The fire was burning on both sides of Standard Road.

To try to ease access for firefighters and other responders to the blaze on Standard Road, the California Highway Patrol was doing traffic control at Standard Road and Mono Way as of 3:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Tuolumne County roads workers were called out to bring signs. There was a closure at Standard and Mono.

The blaze coincided with more than 12,000 outages reported up the Highway 108 corridor through Twain Harte and Long Barn toward Strawberry and Pinecrest. A spokesperson for Pacific Gas and Electric could not immediately be reached for comment.

Original post at 3:30 p.m.

A fast-moving fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near Standard Road and jumped Standard Road east of Sonora, and the blaze coincided with more than 10,000 outages reported up the Highway 108 corridor through Twain Harte and Long Barn toward Cold Springs.

The fire had burned at least four acres by 3 p.m., a spokesperson for Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit said. The fire jumped Standard Road about 3 p.m., according to people monitoring scanners.

The fire was in the Standard Road area about half-way between Mono Way and Tuolumne Road.

Some people were calling the incident the Phoenix Fire.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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