The two fires burning near the community of Sheep Ranch has grown to 430 acres and burning thick manzanita brush and pines in very rugged terrain. Flames are threatening numerous structures, including the Stevenot Winery and their vineyards in that area.
The Calaveras County Sheriff´s Department is reporting that 150 homes have been evacuated in the area of Mineral Mountain, Indian Creek and Fullen Road. According to the Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services, an evacuation center has been set up along with the CHP and fire officials.
Fire officials report 250 acres have been blackened in another fire burning west of Copperopolis along Highway 4 in western Calaveras County. Some evacuations have been order in that fire as well in the area of Pummell Way off Telegraph Road.
No word yet on when these fires will be contained.