No one was hurt Wednesday in a large wildfire reported in north Mariposa County, about seven miles northeast of Coulterville, firefighters with CalFire's Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit reported.
The blaze was first reported at 9:39 a.m. about 300 feet from a bridge off Converse Road on private property. The fire burned from the area of Greeley Hill/Smith Station Road toward Highway 120, according to Karen Guillemin, CalFire spokeswoman.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation.
Reports from firefighters throughout the day said the fire had burned around 70 acres, although that estimate was scaled back to 38 acres after firefighters gained the upper hand on the blaze, Guillemin said.
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Firefighters had brought the fire under 70 percent containment by 3 p.m. Wednesday, and Guillemin said the fire would probably be fully contained by day's end. "We will have crews on the fire all day, all night and the day shift tomorrow," Guillemin said.
Guillemin said no structures were ever in danger, as the fire moved away from the nearest subdivision through a rural area. Firefighters responded to the blaze after a witness had called 911.
Around 150 firefighters responded to the blaze, including four hand crews, 17 engines, three bulldozers, three water tenders, four air tankers and two helicopters.
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