Calaveras Enterprise

BREAKING NEWS: Mountain Ranch Road fire consumes 100 acres; lawn mower to blame

A wildfire that broke out between San Andreas and Mountain Ranch late Monday afternoon consumed about 100 acres of brush and trees.

Firefighters got the blaze contained Tuesday morning after hitting it heavily from the ground and air.

The blaze broke out just before 3 p.m., Monday.

Cause was the use of a rid-ing lawn mower in dry weeds. The mower’s operator, whose name was not immediately available, has been cited and will face restitution costs, according to CDF spokeswoman Beth Ruano.

Crews from the California Department of Forestry, and the San Andreas and Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue protection districts were called into action.

At one point the battle involved five air tankers, two helicopters, 13 hand crews, 19 fire engines, and three bulldozers.

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