Firefighters and pilots with Cal Fire were battling a 10- to 15-acre blaze Thursday afternoon in temperatures exceeding 103 degrees Fahrenheit near Knights Ferry in Stanislaus County, a spokesperson for the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit said.
The fire was not threatening the historic covered wooden bridge at Knights Ferry, which was built in 1863, Emily Kilgore with Cal-Fire TCU said in a phone interview from the fire scene.
Aircraft and pilots from Columbia Air Attack were involved in suppressing the fire. At 3:46 p.m. the fire was estimated at three acres near Knights Ferry Bridge. At 3:51 p.m. the fire was estimated to be 10 acres and firefighters were aggressively attacking the blaze, Kilgore said.
At 4:07 p.m. someone drove past on Highway 108 and saw the smoke and reported there were bulldozer operators working to suppress and contain the blaze.
By 4:50 p.m., the fire was holding at 10 to 15 acres with no structure threats, and a Cal Fire helicopter pilot was still making drops on the fire.
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