There is no rest for the weary, as fires continue to pose threat throughout the state of California. As crews continue to work on current blazes as they ignite, it is reported that more than 6,100 firefighters are deployed battling significant wildfires throughout California.
“At one given time we’ve had 12 individuals out,” Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Captain Buck Condit stated of local crew deployed.
Crews from varying area fire houses including four from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire continue to work the lines of the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County. Reports from Cal Fire earlier this week list over 78,900 acres of grass and brush and 65 percent contained. Some evacuations have been lifted in certain areas. The county remains under close watch as weather temperatures and winds contribute to efforts.
At last report 63 residences, 67 minor structures and a commercial structure have been destroyed. An additional 13 residences and eight minor structures have experienced damage (per Cal Fire Incident Info. July 24, 2017).
“We’re still staffing all stations as daily operations go,” Captain Condit stated, adding that deployed personnel had no adverse effect on their stations.
Late last Tuesday evening a vegetation fire covering a total of 19 acres broke out in Knights Ferry. Located just north of Highway 108 and Willms Road, known as the Willms Fire, the blaze had residents concerned due to its proximity to businesses as well as the historic covered bridge.
Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit quickly responded and ensured containment preventing spread of the fire well before day break Wednesday.