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Update: Forest Service Monitoring Rosasco Fire

Update on 7-29-15 at 11am: Firefighters are continuing to monitor a blaze that ignited late yesterday afternoon in the Rosasco Meadow in the Stanislaus National Forest. The fire is situated within the Groveland Ranger District, west of Cherry Lake and north of Woods Ridge. Forest Service Spokesperson Georgia Dempsey reports that a line around the roughly 3 ½ acre fire held overnight, and the fire has not been spreading. However, they are not yet calling it fully contained. On scene today are the Groveland Hotshots, an engine and a water tender. It is not immediately clear what ignited the fire.

Update on 7-28-15 at 7:45 p.m.: Forest spokesperson Rebecca Garcia reports the fire burning on the Stanislaus National Forest has grown to 3.4 acres in size, but crews have laid line around the blaze.

As first reported by Clark Broadcasting, the flames broke out just before 4 p.m. in the Rosasco Meadow area, west of Cherry Lake and north of Woods Ridge  in the Groveland Ranger District. Garcia says, “Overnight they’re [crews] going to begin mopping up and continue to monitor the area until it is completely contained.”

Update on 7-28-15 at 5:55 p.m.: US Forest spokesperson Rebecca Garcia reports all aircraft have been released from a vegetation fire, which, as first reported by Clark Broadcasting, is two-to-three acres in the Rosasco Meadow area, west of Cherry Lake in the Groveland Ranger District. Garcia says, “Crews are getting a handle on the flames.”  She adds the rate of spread is low-to-moderate.

Original Post on 7-28-15 at 5:11 p.m.: Groveland, CA — US Forest Firefighters along with Columbia Air Attack and Cal Fire crews are battling a two-to-three-acre blaze in the Groveland Ranger District.

The flames are in the Rosasco Meadow area, west of Cherry Lake and north of Woods Ridge. US Forest spokesperson Rebecca Garcia reports that based on the current dry, hot weather conditions, the forest is in a “high level of dispatch.”  She adds, “Even though the fire is at a low-to-moderate rate of spread. We have called and requiring a full response.”

Current resources on the scene include:

-Aircraft*fixed wing:

  • 1 air attack
  • 2 tankers
  • 1 lead plane
  • 1 helicopter

Ground crews:

  • 1 Hotshot crew (20 person)
  • 1 hand crew (10 person)
  • 6 engines
  • 1 dozer
  • 1 water tender