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Big Creek Fire 80% Containment

Groveland, CA – Cal Fire reports crews made significant progress throughout the day bringing the containment from 60 percent this morning to 80% this evening without the acreage budging from 204 acres.

Crews continue fire suppression; while mop up is already going on is some sections of the burn area. Earlier today Cal Fire spokesperson Nancy Longmore explained, “The fire activity is much less than it was for the first couple of days. So now, they [firefighters] can make a lot more progress on building lines. They’re now working on mop up and repairing fire suppression damage that was done.”

The number of firefighters working through the night will remain at 521, along with 42 engines, five bulldozers, seven water tenders and 17 fire crews.
As previously reported, 43-year-old Lisa Ann Vilmur of the Groveland area was arrested Thursday night for allegedly starting the fire, caused by an escaped debris burn. She faces one count of recklessly causing a fire.

As previously reported, 43-year-old Lisa Ann Vilmur of the Groveland area was arrested Thursday night for allegedly starting the fire, caused by an escaped debris burn. She faces one count of recklessly causing a fire.

As first reported by Clarke Broadcasting, the flames broke out around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, off Highway 120 in the Groveland area, forcing voluntary evacuations of the Hell’s Hollow area.

Here is the list of agencies assisting in the battling the blaze: US Forest Service, Tuolumne County Fire Department, Stanislaus Consolidated, Copperopolis Fire, Central Fire, San Andreas Fire, Georgetown, Diamond Springs, Santa Barbara County, Groveland Community Services District, Lathrop – Manteca, Los Angeles County, Orange County, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, PG&E, California Highway Patrol, Tuolumne County.