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Clark Fork Fire Continues To Burn

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Sonora, CA — The Clark Fork fire near the Sand Flat and Clark Fork Campgrounds continues to burn as the Labor Day weekend has come to a close.

The human caused fire started at approximately 2:30 Sunday afternoon. As of Sunday evening, it had burned 300 acres in an extremely remote area.

Fixed wing air support arrived from Minden, NV but had to be called off Monday afternoon because of winds causing thermal updrafts. Helicopters remained on the scene until dusk Monday.

Overall resources have included 21 engines, one water tender, 10 strike teams and other hand crews, two helicopters, two fixed wing command aircraft, one air tanker and approximately 280 firefighters.

Only one firefighter injury has been reported to date and that was minor burns resulting from falling rocks. While the two campgrounds were full Sunday evening, no evacuations were ordered and there have been no civilian injuries.

For the most part, the campgrounds were empty Monday evening with the close of the holiday weekend.

Written by Bill Johnson