Update at 1:45 p.m.: Cal Fire reports the Appaloosa fire is now 425 acres and 15 percent contained. Cal Fire spokesperson Lindy Shoff states, “Cal Fire is conducting firing operations to secure the perimeter of the fire.” As first reported by Clarke Broadcasting here, the cause of the fire was electrical and a property owner has been cited but the person has not been identified.
Additionally, all power has been restored to the last 18 PG&E customers in the Stallion Way area out of the more than 10,800 that were without lights originally after the fire began. (More details on the power outage is below.) Their lights went on just before noon Sunday.
Update at 10 a.m.: Cal Fire dispatch reports that crews have stopped the flames forward rate of spread in the Appaloosa Fire. The blaze’s size is holding at 325 acres and 10 percent contained.
Original post at 8 a.m.: Angels Camp, CA — Cal Fire dispatch reports that the size and containment of the Appaloosa Fire remain unchanged.
The containment is still 10 percent with the acreage sitting at 325. Overnight ground crews worked on laying and securing lines around the flames. As Clark Broadcasting first reported yesterday, the flames broke out in some grass around 1 p.m. Saturday on Appaloosa Road between Pinto Drive and Hunter Street south of Highway 4 outside of Angels Camp.
This morning just 18 PG&E customers are without electricity from the more than 10,800 in Calaveras and San Joaquin counties that were without power shortly after the fire broke out until around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. CAL Fire Company spokesperson JD Guidi reports that those remaining customers are in the Angels Camp area around Stallion Way. He states, “CAL Fire is not allowing us to re-energize that area just yet but gave us a time of possibly around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.” The power was originally shut off Saturday soon after the fire began at the request of CAL Fire, according to Guidi.
Additionally, the CHP had closed several roads in the fire area including Appaloosa Road north of Hunter Street and Stallion Way and Roan Road at Highway 4. Sunday morning the CHP reports those roadways have reopened.
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