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Illegal Burn Causes Fire

Firefighters in the Mokelumne Hill area quickly handled an early morning grass fire.

Calaveras County fire crews were called to Highway 26 at Kimi Lane around 3:30 this morning to extinguish the 1/4 acre blaze. A fire department spokesman says the fire was started from an illegal debris pile that spread into the surrounding grass.

Fire officials remind area residents that all outdoor burning is now banned due to high fire danger in the Mother Lode.