2013-06-20 / Front Page

Firefighters gaining the upper hand on Stumpfield blaze

By Dan Tucker/Gazette Publisher

Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:47 p.m. - Following a quick response with substantial resources, radio traffic indicates that firefighters are gaining control of the Stumpfield blaze that was reported shortly after 3 p.m. today.

With plenty of air support from helicopters and bombers, plus a bunch of engines that were no longer battling the recent Carstens Fire, firefighters have managed to keep this afternoon's fire out of the Chowchilla River Basin, where it could have gained a stong foothold due to eratic winds through the river canyon and an abundance of tinder dry fuel.

Shortly after the Stumpfield fire broke out high on the ridgeline above the river canyon, firefighters were alterted of a vegetation fire in the Lake Don Pedro area off of Highway 132. Few details are available about that fire since it is under  Tuolumne County command.

Look for further details and an update in the next edition of the Mariposa Gazette.
This photograph was taken from the William Sell Bridge on Highway 49 shortly after the Stumpfield fire was reported. In this scene, a helicopter is battling the blaze as it approaches 10 acres in size. (Dan Tucker | Gazette Photo)This photograph was taken from the William Sell Bridge on Highway 49 shortly after the Stumpfield fire was reported. In this scene, a helicopter is battling the blaze as it approaches 10 acres in size. (Dan Tucker | Gazette Photo)

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Update as of 5:45pm...quick

Update as of 5:45pm...quick work by crews was able to keep the fire that is now close to containment at 2 acres according to TCU Command center.

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