Firefighters scored another victory Monday afternoon as they rapidly contained a blaze’s progress near Highway 41 and Road 425B for the second time in less than a week.
With temperatures in the triple digits, the quickly-contained inferno was called in at 3:58 p.m., and numerous crews en route, including air support, were called back in about half an hour as the fire’s forward progress was stopped.
Three Cal Fire engines, two Madera County engines, one water tender, a single hand crew, and a batallion chief were at work to halt the conflagration, Cal Fire public information officer Karen Guillemin-Kanawyer said.
On Thursday, Aug. 13, a similar fire started in the same area near Road 425B’s intersection with Highway 41 at the top of Deadwood Mountain, but was quickly contained at under two acres.
Guillemin-Kanawyer said an investigator was on the way to determine the cause of Monday’s inferno, but given ongoing drought concerns, “everything in California is ready to burn.”
“Everything can catch fire very quickly because it’s so incredibly dry,” Guillemin-Kanawyer said. “I can’t speculate to the cause, it could be someone driving in this area, maybe their car emits sparks from brakes, chains ... cigarettes, I mean there’s a million human causes that could contribute to any fire.”
Highway 41 faced no closures during firefighting efforts, and remained open to the public.