Wind spreads flames near Tuolumne River

local@modbee.comApril 29, 2013 

About an acre of grass burned along the Tuolumne River on Monday afternoon, fueled by a warm wind.

The fire started about 4:30 p.m. near Crater Avenue and Dallas Street in south Modesto, according to Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion Chief Alan Ernst.

Concerned about the possibility of high wind carrying embers to homes on Crater, Ernst called in additional resources to battle the blaze.

It took 11 people from three engine companies about 20 minutes to contain the fire and an additional hour to mop up.

During that time, Crater was closed from Dallas to Ustick Road because the heavy smoke hampered visibility.

Modesto’s temperature reached 90 on Monday. The forecast for the rest of the week calls for highs in the upper 80s to low 90s with the wind picking up today.

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