Wednesday, 27 June 2007 01:58

Local Fires Keep Crews Hopping Yesterday

slide2Local fire crews were hopping yesterday with a reported 4 fires throughout the county. The first to be reported was a fire at 4600 Jackson Valley Road yesterday morning. The fire, while first reported at 3 acres, spread to 11 acres in size. The fire did not threaten any structures.
5 engines and one dozer all responded to the scene and crews are still on scene conducting mop up into the evening hours. A second a fire reported at 3:35pm on Cedar Heights Drive was caused when a car crashed into a power pole. The pole toppled over and power lines ignited dry brush nearby.  Crews were able to get the spot fire out quickly but power lines remained charged till 4:15pm. At 4:38pm a vegetation fire was reported at Boot Strap Road across from Fiddletown Road. Crews reacted quickly and called in air response to the fire, which was reported at less than acre in size, at about 5pm. Crews remained on scene into the evening containing the fire. Finally at around 5:04 pm a new fire was discovered on the Hwy 49 bypass near Tonzi Road. Fire crews were split now at opposite ends of the County and a helicopter, CalFire Copter 404 based out of Columbia, responding to the Fiddletown fire was redirected to Tonzi. Law enforcement reported that the Tonzi fire was spreading quickly. Traffic was rerouted through on old Hwy. 49. After a air support was called in the fire was contained at about 5 acres by 6pm