Two vegetation fires sparked in the northwest corner of Calaveras County this past weekend, but no injuries were reported, and no structures were damaged.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), along with Calaveras Consolidated, San Andreas and Clements Fire Districts, responded to a vegetation fire on a gravel road behind Glory Bound Fellowship off of Highway 12 in Burson on the afternoon of June 22.
Spreading quickly under windy conditions, the fire paralleled the direction of the 2004 Pattison Complex Fire, which charred 2,676 acres and destroyed 13 homes in the area, according to Calaveras Consolidated Fire Chief Richard Dickinson.
Although several structures were threatened, ground and air resources were able to stop forward progress and contain the fire at 32 acres.
“We were very lucky. (It was) a great job by ground resources and air attack from keeping that down,” Dickinson said Monday.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Cal Fire.
Dickinson said that if the district’s station in Burson had been open, responders would have had a much faster jump on the fire. When the district was consolidating in 2013, residents voted against keeping the Burson Firehouse funded and staffed. The district serves about 15,000 residents in Burson, Valley Springs, Wallace, Campo Seco, Milton, Rancho Calaveras, La Contenta and Jenny Lind.
The following afternoon, June 23, Cal Fire and Calaveras Consolidated responded to a 12-acre vegetation fire that broke out south of Whiskey Creek in New Hogan Lake off Hogan Dam Parkway. Forward progress was stopped and the fire was suppressed by ground and air resources within hours. Cal Fire is still investigating to determine the cause.