2014-05-22 / Breaking News / Front Page

Hunters Fire size reduced by nearly half

CAL FIRE estimates 60 percent containment
By Greg Knight | Associate Editor
By Erik Skindrud | Editor

The size of the Hunters Fire has been reduced to just under 700 acres as of Thursday morning. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)The size of the Hunters Fire has been reduced to just under 700 acres as of Thursday morning. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 8:40 a.m. - The official acreage total for the Hunters Fire was downsized to just under 700 acres on Thursday morning, down from 1,300 acres early Wednesday afternoon, with  60 percent containment reported.

More than 900 firefighters continue to battle the fire, along with helicopters and air tankers.

The CAL FIRE Web site is reporting eight injuries as a result of battling the fire. One of those injuries involved an inmate that suffered a traumatic injury while using a chain saw. The inmate was transported to a Fresno hospital and is in stable condition.

Responding agencies included CAL FIRE, California Highway Patrol, Mariposa County Sheriffs Office, Mariposa County Fire, US Forest Service, BLM and dozens of other fire agencies, including a strike team from Kern County that was dispatched to help fight the blaze, which was estimated to be threatening more than 100 homes in the area.

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