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Update: Aug. 25: The Salt Fire is 100% contained with 1,789 acres burned, according to Cal Fire's website.

Update: Aug. 23, 8:54 p.m. – The Salt Fire remains at 1,789 acres and is now 95% contained, according to Cal Fire’s website.

Update: Aug. 21, 6:54 a.m. – Cal Fire TCU reported that the fire remains at 1,789 acres and is now 75% contained.

Update: Aug. 20, 6:12 a.m. – “The Fire remains at 35% containment on the 1,789 acres,” Cal Fire TCU reported.

Update: Aug. 19, 6:28 p.m. – Cal Fire TCU reported that the Salt Fire has grown to 1,789 acres and is 35% contained.

Update: Aug. 19, 6:29 a.m. – “Firefighters achieved 10% containment on the 1,500 acre fire, no structures are threatened at this time,” Cal Fire TCU reported.

Original article:

A vegetation fire that broke out east of Milton near Salt Spring Valley Reservoir Tuesday afternoon has quickly grown to more than 1,500 acres in size.

At 3:29 p.m., the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) reported that firefighters were on the scene of a 20-acre vegetation fire near Salt Spring Valley Reservoir.

By 4:18 p.m., the fire had grown to 200 acres, and by 5:54 p.m., it had grown to 1,500 acres. No structures are threatened at this time.

Cal Fire TCU Incident Commander Loren Monsen spoke with Enterprise reporter Davis Harper at the scene of the fire at 6:30 p.m.

“Right now, we’re looking at about 1,500 to 2,000 acres, 0% contained,” Monsen said. “Firefighters are faced with extremely hot temperatures and difficult access to the fire, and that’s what’s hampering containment efforts.”

The fire was initially reported at 2:49 p.m., Monsen said.

“We’ve had a pretty strong wind, with light, flashy fuels burning in grass, oak woodland and brush, and that’s made it spread very fast.”

More information will be provided when it becomes available.



Noah Berner has lived in Calaveras County most of his life, and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in history.

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