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Fire consumes Mariposa County judge's home

MARIPOSA -- An intense fire in a lush mountainous area of southern Mariposa County destroyed a Superior Court judge's home Monday afternoon.

Judge Wayne Parrish and his family weren't hurt in the 4 p.m. fire, which razed the three-bedroom home near Kemble Road and Highway 49 South. The house was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.

Karen Guillemin, fire prevention specialist with Cal Fire in Mariposa County, said the cause of the fire is under investigation. Due to excellent vegetation clearance around the home, surrounding structures were not damaged in the fire, which briefly encroached into adjoining wildlands.

Guillemin said 104 firefighters, four hand crews, two aerial tankers, a helicopter and bulldozer were deployed to fight the fire. A firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion and released. No other injuries were reported.

No dollar loss was reported in the fire. Guillemin said excellent cooperation between Cal Fire, the Mariposa County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service helped confine the fire to the Parrish residence.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2485 or