San Andreas, CA — The Friday afternoon and early evening 111 acre vegetation fire at Murray Dale Lane near West Murray Creek is the largest of the year to date in Calaveras County.
According to CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Jeff Millar the fire started at approximately 2:30pm when a Thursday debris fire became unmanageable. Ironically the extremely remote location is only two to three miles from the CAL FIRE Emergency Command Center on Mountain Ranch Rd. in San Andreas.
CAL FIRE responded with four air tankers, two helicopters, two water tenders, a dozer and five ground teams including two truckloads of Sierra Conservation Center fire base camp inmates.
The fire was 100 percent contained by 7:30pm according to CAL FIRE´s Nancy Longmore. CAL FIRE crews spent the majority of Saturday on site preventing any reignition of the fire. There were no injuries or damage to any structures.
Written by Bill Johnson