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Update: Rock Fire has burned more than 1,000 acres west of Patterson

Scenes from the Rock Fire

Cal Fire crews are battling the Rock Fire west of the city of Patterson in Stanislaus County. Wednesday morning, June 26, it had burned 1,000 acres and was 15 percent contained.
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Cal Fire crews are battling the Rock Fire west of the city of Patterson in Stanislaus County. Wednesday morning, June 26, it had burned 1,000 acres and was 15 percent contained.

Latest update here ==> Crews making good progress on 2,200-acre Rock Fire west of Patterson, Cal Fire reports



Update: As of 7:07 a.m., Cal Fire is reporting the Rock Fire is at 1,000 acres with 15 percent containment. “Firefighters are continuing to make progress containing the fire,” a Tweet, sent out at 7:07 a.m. by Cal Fire, read. Del Puerto Canyon Road, which is south of the fire, remains closed. The Rock Fire appears to be well north of the Diablo Grande housing development.

Update: As of 6:05 a.m., Cal Fire is reporting the fire is at 750 acres. It offers no figure on containment. The California Highway Patrol is reporting that aircraft are joining the fight this morning. The CHP also reports that according to the Stanislaus County Fire Protection District said Del Puerto Canyon is closed at Diablo Grande to Frank Raines Park, and that officials at incident command say the fire probably will be burning until Saturday.

Original story: A brush fire west of Patterson broke out Tuesday night, scorching more than 500 acres over night, according to Cal Fire.

The fire agency Tweeted at 2:05 a.m. Wednesday that it is making progress on the Rock Fire at Del Puerto Canyon Road, which started at about 8 p.m., according to the Patterson Irrigator.

The agency reported that Del Puerto Canyon Road in west Stanislaus County is closed.

Firefighters were met with windy conditions Tuesday night, when Cal Fire initially estimated that about 30 acres had been burned. Winds in the forecast Wednesday are expected to reach about 13 mph in Patterson, according to the National Weather Service.

We’ll have more on this breaking story as information becomes available.

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Deke has been an editor and reporter with The Modesto Bee since 1995. He currently does breaking-news, education and human-interest reporting. A Beyer High grad, he studied geology and journalism at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.
Editor Brian Clark has worked at The Modesto Bee since 1990. He’s worked in various departments, including sports, news and on the digital side for a decade before being promoted to editor in 2018. He’s a native of Berkeley and a graduate of San Diego State University. Prior to The Bee, Brian worked at the Turlock Journal and Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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