Cemetery Lane fire

Sonora firefighters battle a blaze in the attic of a home on Cemetery Lane in downtown Sonora on Sunday.

A house fire near downtown Sonora on Sunday afternoon was quickly knocked down with the help of Sonora Fire Department firefighters.

According to the Sonora Firefighters Association, they responded to an attic fire at a structure on Cemetery Lane, which is near the Sonora Dome. 

"SFD Personnel stretched attack lines, set up ladders for ventilation, performed fire attack, pumped water and assumed incident command duties," the association said. 

The association indicated the fire began at about 5 p.m. 

A cause was not immediately identified.

Photos showed a Cal Fire helicopter retrieved water from Phoenix Reservoir, but it was not clear if a water drop was made on the home.

Just after 5 p.m., aircraft fighting the fire were released and returned to the Columbia Air Attack Base in Columbia. 

There were no reported injuries and no information provided on whether anyone was in the house at the time or got displaced due to the damage.

The Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, Cal Fire Local 2881 TCU, the Tuolumne County Fire Department and Twain Harte Fire/Rescue assisted with the fire. 

The fire preceded a red flag warning through Tuesday morning released by the National Weather Service on Sunday evening, which included portions of Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties among a broad swath of Northern California. 

The warning indicated gusty northeast winds would develop overnight across portions of the Sacramento valley and surrounding terrain. Gusty east to northeast winds will continue Monday night into Tuesday morning across the western slopes of the northern Sierra, southern Cascades, and adjacent foothills. 

The winds, low humidity and dry fuels, will lead to critical potential fire conditions. 

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at gricapito@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 588-4526.

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