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Update at 6:05 a.m.: Cal Fire updates this morning that crews are still working on the Robie Incident. It is now 153 acres, down from the initial estimate of 200 in size. Crews have made progress as it is 75% contained. Dispatch notes that firefighters will remain on the scene all day working to fully contain the fire and mop up. Last night It took ground and air resources over two hours to get the forward rate of spread stopped on the blaze that was burning in the Jenny Lind area of Calaveras County along Milton Road. Evacuated residents along a quarter-mile stretch of Main Street were allowed back into their homes and the CHP reports Milton and Hunt roads were reopened in the 8 to 9 o’clock hour.

The CHP reported that a Ford truck pulling a trailer that got caught up in some wires, which then dragged on the roadway sparking the flames, according to the CHP. Calaveras Sherriff’s spokesperson Lt. Greg Stark tells Clarke Broadcasting that the vehicle has not been located and the incident remains under investigation.

Update at 7:15 p.m. Friday:  CAL Fire reports that the forward rate of spread has been stopped on the Robie Incident burning in the Jenny Lind area of Calaveras County along Milton Road. The fire is estimated at 200 acres in size and crews will work towards full containment and be mopping up into the night. All aircraft have been called off the scene.

Residents along a quarter-mile stretch of Main Street that were evacuated from their homes should be able to return to their homes shortly, according to Calaveras County Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Greg Stark. Additionally, the CHP reports Milton and Hunt roads are expected to reopen in the next hour.

Initially, six fires were burning. All were reportedly started just after 5 .m. by a Ford truck pulling a trailer that got caught up in some wires, which dragged on the roadway sparking the flames, according to the CHP. Lt. Stark tells Clarke Broadcasting that the vehicle has not been located and the incident remains under investigation.

Update at 6:45 p.m.: CAL Fire dispatch has updated that the five fires are now all being called the “Robie Incident” and the total acreage is 200, burning along Milton Road, between South Gulch Road and Landford Pacheco roads. Additionally, the only evacuations currently are along a quarter-mile stretch of Main Street in Jenny Lind, according to Calaveras County Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Greg Stark.

The initial fire ignited on Milton Road and Jenny Lind Road/Main Street. The CHP reports that a Ford truck pulling a trailer got caught up in some wires that then dragged on the roadway, sparking the flames. In all, there were six fires, but two of them burned into one, resulting in five blazes. Lt. Stark tells Clarke Broadcasting that the vehicle has not been located and the incident remains under investigation.

All traffic is being diverted from Milton and Hunt roads, as they are closed in that area.  An update will be provided as soon as new information comes into the newsroom.

Update at 5:40 p.m.:  A total of six fires were sparked along Milton and Jenny Lind roads by a Ford truck pulling a trailer that got caught up in wires that then dragged on the roadway, according to the CHP.  The fire in Jenny Lind named the “Milton Fire” has forced residents from their homes along Man and Baldwin streets, and Hunt Road.

Another fire south of Jenny Lind and north of the Town of Milton dubbed the “Robie Fire” is 200 acres, accord to CAL Fire dispatch. It is burning along Milton Road, between South Gulch Road and Landford Pacheco roads. More resources have been called to that scene.

All traffic is being diverted from Milton and Hunt roads, as they are closed in that area.  An update will be provided as soon as new information comes into the newsroom.

Original post at 5:15 p.m.: Jenny Lind, CA — Air and ground resources are heading to several vegetation fires in the Jenny Lind area.

The CHP is reporting that a truck hauling a trailer got caught up in some wire and sparked as many as six fires along Milton and Jenny Lind roads. Evacuations are underway for residents along Man and Baldwin streets, and Hunt Road. Also, Milton and Hunt roads are closed to traffic in the area. An update will be provided as soon as new information comes into the newsroom.

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