Groveland, Ca — The North Mountain Fire in the Groveland Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest has grown to 1,500 acres and is considered 35% contained.
Public Information Officer Jim Wilkins says the cost to fight the fire has surpassed $1 million, and 474 firefighters are currently helping with the effort. The fire is in an area of steep terrain, and Wilkins notes that they are bracing for the possibility of increased winds and possible storms over the next 24 hours.
The fire has now moved into a portion of Yosemite National Park, but Wilkins notes that there are no road closures in effect as it is in a very isolated area.
Meanwhile, the Oliver fire southeast of Mariposa is estimated to be 2,306 acres and is 35% contained. The total cost to date is $4.7 million.
Written by BJ Hansen