A wildfire west of Modesto in Stanislaus County yesterday spread to 1,000 acres. Fire officials say the blaze has burned through dense brush into a restored habitat area for the endangered riparian brush rabbit.
Bill Morrison of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said firefighters were gaining the upper hand by 9 p.m. last night and allowed small fires inside the perimeter to burn themselves out. The blaze threatened several homes but no structural damage was reported.
Its cause is under investigation.