The quick response of firefighters and community members helped extinguished three small wildfires in the Coarsegold area Saturday.
The first fire that was called out at 12:30 p.m. June 8 at 44410 Road 415, across from Road 416. The blaze burned about an acre and was extinguished within 15 minutes by firefighters.
A call went out for another wildfire on Lilley Mountain Drive in Yosemite Lakes Park at about 3:10 p.m. Saturday; a blaze that also burned about an acre and was quickly extinguished thanks to a quick response from firefighters and neighbors, who were already on scene when emergency responders arrived. The fire was located in a lot across from 40708 Lilley Mountain Drive, and above the driveway to 40708, where a concrete block building is under construction.
On the way to the Lilley Mountain Fire, Cal Fire engine 4371 out of the Central Valley noticed another small fire along the side of the road, across from 42225 John Muir Drive in Yosemite Lakes Park. That blaze only grew to about 10x10 feet before it was extinguished.
Glenda Leonard, Cal Fire battalion chief on scene, said the cause of the fires are still under investigation.
As precautionary advice to stay safe during fire season, Leonard said, "You've got to keep your 100-foot clearance (around a structure), especially right now."
"It's summertime and the grass is dry," Leonard said. "You've got to be aware of what you are doing and keep an eye out."
Cal Fire planes, helicopters and bulldozers were called out to both fires, although firefighters responding in engines, along with a water tender, were able to extinguish the fires without the additional support. An air attack plane was used in the Lilley Mountain fire to look for other potential fires after the small blaze was found around the same time off John Muir Drive. No structures were damaged due to the fires.