2016-06-02 / Front Page

Two fires erupt in County, crews still battling one blaze


Photo by Dan Tucker
A helicopter dropped retardant on the Dove Fire Tuesday afternoon in Jerseydale.Photo by Dan Tucker A helicopter dropped retardant on the Dove Fire Tuesday afternoon in Jerseydale.Two wildfires erupted in Mariposa County on Tuesday afternoon.

One is currently still burning while the other was contained quickly.

The first fire happened at about 12:30 p.m. in the Jerseydale area, according to Jamie Williams of CAL FIRE.

Called the “Dove Fire,” the fire was about 20-30 acres at around 2:30 p.m. There were no structures being threatened, she said.

The fire is burning a half mile south of Jerseydale Road at Wild Dove Lane.

Williams said more engines were sent to the fire, which is burning on federal land and is the responsibility of the U.S. Forest Service.

Though it’s a federal fire, Williams said CAL FIRE does have resources at the blaze.

Air resources, too, have been committed to the Dove Fire.

Williams did say there was second blaze, named the “Chowchilla Fire,” reported just before 1 p.m. near Watt Road off of Highway 49.

No structures were threatened, said Williams.

That area is in the Ponderosa Basin, which is considered one of the most threatened. areas for a major fire.

That fire was contained by 1:48 p.m., said Williams. She said crews expected clean-up of the area to take three to four hours.

No other details are available at this time.

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