Fire 40 Percent Contained
A wildfire fire burning about two-miles west of Jamestown along Highway 108 was about 40 percent contained as of 4 this afternoon .
That fire has blacken more than 150 acres and forced the evacuation of a nearby Indian casino.
Officials say the flames were spreading out ahead the main fire burning in brush and grass in lava beds and rugged terrain and this is hampering firefighting efforts.
Law enforcement officials went door to door at homes in the Table Mountain area advising residents with health problems of the smoke.
The California Highway Patrol closed Chicken Ranch Road this afternoon and evacuated the casino as a precaution as well. The road is now reopened. The parking lot was being used as a command center and staging area for fire units. The casino was planning on reopening around 5:30 p.m. this afternoon. Fire Marshall Kari Hubbard says that progress on the fire is looking real good and firefighters are getting the upper hand.
A number of fire units and air tankers have been released now.
The blaze, first reported around noon Wednesday, is on the Rosasco property off the 15,550 block of Highway 108. A lot of smoke was visible in the Sonora area for a time.
Four CDF air tankers, helicopters and fire ground crews were working during the height of the fire. Temperatures were hovering in the mid-to-upper 90s this afternoon as well.
Fire officials say 17 CDF engines, 4 local engines, a task force from Stanislaus County, 2 dozers, 2 helicopters, 2 water tenders TC fire, 9 sheriffs deputies, 4 CHP officers were all on the scene, to assist the firefighting effort.
Motorists driving on the highway in the area should use caution, as smoke may be blowing over the highway, making visibility difficult.
The cause of this blaze is still under investigation, according to Hubbard, but early indications are is was “equipment caused.” She says they are estimating full containment by 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Firefighters will be working through the night on this fire.