2013-09-12 / Front Page

Fire breaks out above high school

A vegetation fire broke out just after 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 above Mariposa County High School. Multiple fire crews responded immediately. 

By 2:20 p.m., a CAL FIRE spotter aircraft and tanker were responding. Radio traffic indicated that the blaze had been named the Trabucco Fire, for adjacent Trabucco Street.

Around 3 p.m., a BAe 146 jet tanker hit the fire with retardant, effectively stopping its advance towards the high school and town. The fire was still active on the side of the hill facing towards Allred Road, however.

At 3:20 p.m., the fire had consumed about 40 acres, a radio report said.

Check the GAZETTE's Web site for updates.

Flames raze the hillside next to the Mariposa Public Utility Water plant above Mariposa County High School. The fire has consumed between 20 and 50 acres, but responding firefighters appear to be gaining the upper hand. (Dan Tucker | The Gazette)Flames raze the hillside next to the Mariposa Public Utility Water plant above Mariposa County High School. The fire has consumed between 20 and 50 acres, but responding firefighters appear to be gaining the upper hand. (Dan Tucker | The Gazette)

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