Wildfire consumes 20 acres in Snelling

05/27/2014 9:25 PM

05/28/2014 6:19 PM

More than 100 firefighters worked through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning battling a 20-acre wildfire in Snelling.

Cal Fire-Merced County firefighters responded just after 4 p.m. to the 7800 block of Merced Falls Road, Battalion Chief Jeremy Rahn said.

Rahn said 110 firefighters from the county Fire Department and other California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection crews attacked the blaze with the help of two helicopters, 13 fire engines, four water tenders and four 15-member hand crews.

The fire was extinguished Wednesday morning, but about 20 firefighters remained on the scene mopping up, Rahn said. The fire’s cause had not been determined, the chief said, and the investigation was continuing.

One vacant mobile home sustained major damage, but no other structures were threatened, firefighters said. No injuries were reported.

“Fire activities have drastically increased because of the drought,” Rahn said. “It really shows how important it is for people to have a defensible space around their homes to protect against fires.”

A much larger wildfire sparked Monday near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, forcing the evacuation of about 100 homes. The fire continued burning Wednesday and crews fought to contain it, Cal Fire officials reported.

Residents looking to clear weeds and cut grass should schedule the work in early morning hours to avoid the hottest part of the day, Rahn added. “That way you don’t accidentally start a fire while trying to prevent one,” he said.

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