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Carstens Fire in Mariposa County
Mariposa County, CA -- Fire Fighters getting a better handle on the blaze with some help from Mother Nature. Cal Fire reports the flames are now 60 percent contained at 1,660 acres or almost 2.5 miles. They say crews aided by lower temperatures and higher humidity gained ground overnight on the wildfire near Mariposa. Only 50 homes are still threatened. Evacuations remain in effect for Buckingham Mountain Road and Carter Road.
Cal Fire reports it dozer fire lines around the flames has helped to stop the forward rate of spread. Nearly 2.5 miles of vegetation has burned. Fire investigators say a campfire that was not put out completely sparked the blaze.
Cal Fire reports nearly 1,700 fire fighters are battling the blaze from the ground and air including 117 engines, 53 fire crews, 16 dozers, 15 water tenders and 9 helicopters. Many of the fire fighters are with the U.S Forest Service.
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Written by Tracey Petersen