A vegetation fire on 39420 Road 600 near Road 810 and the Grub Gulch area was reported 2:13 p.m., Aug. 4. Called the Grub Fire, three homes were initially evacuated, and as of 4 p.m., 60 acres had burned. Road closures were in place at Roads 600 near Homestead Cottage and Road 810.
According to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Jaime Williams, firefighters were making good progress on the fire. The three homes that were threatened were saved by firefighters.
Citizens on Patrol stopped traffic near Homestead Cottage. Many were trying to get home to check on animals or family.
“When I heard about the fire, I was worried about my ex-husband’s dogs,” Dana Allen said as she turned her SUV around at the road closure. “But I just heard that his neighbors got the dogs out with them.”
The Elam family owns about 600 acres in the area, and were the first ordered to evacuate. Justin Hamilton, a member of the Elam family by marriage, raced up on his motorcycle to make sure everyone got out okay.
“I’m really not worried,” he said. “They’re probably at the Hitching Post eating. They released their horses and cows into the pastures, and took the dogs with them. I’m just glad the wind isn’t blowing.”
At 4:32 p.m., the evacuation orders were lifted.
At 5 p.m., the fire was 30% contained and all traffic restrictions have been lifted.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.