Firefighters’ struggle to reach a Deadwood Mountain home in flames Fourth of July night ended with the home’s destruction.
On Saturday, July 7, Cal Fire reported the cause of the fire to be unattended cooking.
The fire, reported shortly after 9 p.m. and visible from as far as Bass Lake, did not spread to the nearby wildland.
The 2,000-square-foot home on the 39000 block of Highway 41 was guarded by winding roads and locked gates, according to CalFire. These obstacles delayed the response time of the firefighters.
Eight CalFire engines, two bulldozers, two ground crews and a water tender were sent in response to the fire, along with engines from the Sierra National Forest.
An engine was able to reach the home at 9:52 p.m., CalFire reported. A total of four engines and a water tender were able to make it up the road.
By 10:42 p.m., the rest of the reinforcements were released when it was clear the fire would not extend into the surrounding plant life, per CalFire.
The only other damage caused by the fire was to nearby power lines, reported CalFire. PG&E was called, but no power outages have been reported in the area.
Cal Fire reported Saturday that the home was occupied by a single resident who was in the house at the time of the fire but made it out without injury.
The homeowner could not be reached. Deadwood Mountain neighbors said they did not know someone was living in the house.
“We thought it was occupied, but when I was up there recently looking at other property there was chain on the fence,” said Bruce Howard, owner of Yosemite Sierra View Bed and Breakfast.